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 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).

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

STEM OPT Employer Site Visits

Employment Updates

OPT & STEM OPT I-765 Filing Fee Increase eff. 4/1/2024

The fiiling fee for OPT and STEM OPT applications has increased. The most up-to-date rates can always be found at USCIS's Fee Schedule page.

Premium Processing now available for I-765 (OPT and STEM OPT applications) 3/6/2023

See USCIS Press release regarding the option here. For current Premium Processing fees, see USCIS Fee Schedule.

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


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.