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On-campus paid employment:

International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week, beginning in the first year, for on-campus employment.

Off-campus FIRST YEAR Curricular Practical Training (CPT):

Paid employment or internships up to 40 hours per week, as early as the first semester of study. This is authorized by SEVIS only for graduate students at universities where such employment is a mandatory component of the curriculum and is required to begin immediately.

Off-campus Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or internships:

Up to 40 hours per week of off-campus paid employment starting after one year of study. This is authorized by SEVIS if Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is offered by the university and is an integral part of the curriculum.

Optional Practical Training (OPT):

Students who graduate from a US university or college are allowed to participate in employment for one year after graduation.  Students need to apply for OPT through the schooll.  Students graduating from STEM majors are allowed an extra year of OPT.

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