F-1 students are allowed to work off-campus only if they have first received special authorization from USCIS. Special Authorization is not needed for on-campus employment. On-campus employment is limited to part-time (20 hours or less per week) during the fall and spring semesters. On-campus employment may be full-time (up to 30 hours per week) during the summer and official school breaks. When you work on-campus, you must maintain your full-time student status or your employment will become illegal.
- U.S. Employment Rules for F-1 Students: (Click Here)
Students interested in working on the DBU Campus should vist the DBU Career Bridge website to review job openings. You may also contact the Career Services department at (214) 333-5556 for questions concerning this website and regarding on-campus employment.
Post completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows F-1 students to work inside the United States for up to 12 months after their graduation date. Students must attend a mandatory information session to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please contact the Department of International Admissions & Immigration at (214) 333-6905 to make an appointment.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows students to engage in internships or practicums which are considered to be integral to their academic program. Students will need to complete the CPT Application Form. There are no deadlines in applying for CPT as long as course requirements are completed by the end of the semester.
Severe Economic Hardship is available if you or your sponsor has a severe, unforeseen economic difficulty and is unable to support your studying while in the United States on an F-1 visa. Students will need to contact the Department of International Admissions & Immigration for consultation and instructions. This authorization is difficult to get and requires documentation proving the claims of hardship.