There are very strict rules and protocols for F-1 students to follow when pursuing off-campus employment which include utilizing Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT).
There are many sources of information about CPT, OPT and working on an F-1 visa. Do not rely on sources other than your DSO for immigration-related advising! There are frequent changes, updates and always nuance to SEVP.
The federal government provides guidelines and policy which are interpreted by DSOs. To be best informed, attend F-1 student workshops and advising appointments with your DSO for up-to-date and accurate guidance!
If you are considering off-campus employment, review these resources and schedule an appointment with your DSO:
- Planning Ahead for your Life After SBC
- Summer Employment & Internships: Part 1 (CPT)
- Summer Employment & Internships: Part 2 (CPT)
- OPT Overview (OPT)
Please note that the resources linked above are intended for Sweet Briar community members and may only be viewed when logged into an Sweet Briar email account.