Employment

Many students are interested in working while on their student visas. However, there are several rules, regulations, and limitations regarding student employment. Please read the information available on the ISSO Portal https://isso-portal.towson.edu for information regarding Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training).  Below you find helpful information about employment updates and changes for students on Optional Practical Training and hoping to apply for H-1B (work authorization).

The ISSO is open!

The ISSO in PY 408 is currently open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday. We recommend you call before coming to the office to check that an ISSO staff member will be able to see you.  We are also available to assist students remotely via email (and Zoom, Webex, or phone appointments. Immigration requests should be submitted through the ISSO Portal. Normal in-person business operations will resume beginning July 6, 2021 with office hours from 8 am to 5 pm. 

Students can now make all requests and upload required documents through the online portal

ISSO Portal

Be ready.  DHS conducting site visits of students on F-1. Review how to prepare.

STEM OPT Employer Site Visits

Employment Updates

OPT Form I-765 Online Filing Option 4/12/2021

F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online. USCIS Notice

STEM OPT SIte Visits: Update 2/18/2020

On 2/13/20, SEVP published a notice about STEM OPT Employer Site Visits.  Please review the information they provide about being prepared as an F-1 student for these visits. SEVP Notice

H-1B Registration Process Implemented 12/19/2019

On 12/4/19, USCIS announced that it would move forward with the H-1B registration for the 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition process. USCIS Notice

SEVP Portal Update: Update 10/18/2019

Students will now only have access to SEVP Portal information for 6 months after OPT/STEM OPT ends.  Be sure to print or save portal record before your access ends. SEVP Notice

USCIS Reopens Premium Processing: Update 6/14/2019

Beginning June 10, applicants can now request premium processing.  USCIS Notice

DHS Announces New Rule of H-1B Process: Update 1/30/2019

DHS has posted new rule instituting a reverse selection order for those with a master's degree or higher from U.S. USCIS Notice

Taxes

Do you have questions regarding taxes? Please contact the Nonresident Alien Tax Office at , located in the Administration Building on campus. The Nonresident Alien Tax Office will assist you to make sure that you are in compliance with nonresident alien tax withholding regulations. For more information about taxes, please visit the NRA Tax Office website.

Interested in Hiring an International Student?

Read about the benefits and guidelines of hiring International students in An Employer's Guide to Hiring International Students.