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Employment

Employment While on an F-1 Student Visa

Can I work while I am on an F-1 student visa?

The purpose of an F-1 student visa is for an international student to study full-time in the United States, with plans to return to their home country once their education and international experience is achieved, not to work or seek employment.

In cases of unforeseen, extreme financial hardship, you may be eligible for on-campus employment only, which may not be available. At EMCC, on-campus employment opportunities are rare and highly competitive. Please do not include being employed on or off campus as part of your plan to attend EMCC or to contribute to your cost-of-living budget.

You may not engage in off-campus employment without proper authorization from Immigration and Naturalization Services. Failure to follow the F-1 visa guidelines may lead to forfeiture of your F-1 visa status and your required, immediate departure from the United States.

Yes. Per the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an F-1 student, you may have the option of working in the United States by participating in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program.