International Services

The University of South Florida and our office will be closed for the winter break starting at 5:00pm on Dec. 22, 2017 and will re-open at 8:00am on Jan. 2, 2018. Please make sure any time sensitive issues are resolved prior to the closure. Processing of eforms/documents will resume in 2018. The closure time will not count towards any published processing times.

Off-Campus Employment

International Students on F-1 student status may be eligible for off-campus work benefits after being enrolled full-time at USF for 2 consecutive semesters, if they meet the eligibility requirements for their type of employment.  Below is a chart of the different types of off-campus employment along with some of the common questions about off-campus employment.  For more information about a particular type of off-campus employment click on the link provided.

Type of Employment

How many hours can I work per week?

Is there a fee to process the application?

Does Employment Have to Relate to Field of Study?

When should I apply?

How long does it take to get approval?

Part-Time Curricular Practical Training

Up to 20 hours per week

No

Yes

Prior to term for which you are requesting employment

Generally 10 working days

Full-Time Curricular Practical Training

More than 20 hours per week

No

Yes

Prior to term for which you are requesting employment

Generally 10 working days

Part-Time
Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training

Up to 20 hours per week

$410

Yes

Prior to term for which you are requesting employment

Generally 30-90 days; please plan on 90 days

Full-Time
Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training

More than 20 hours per week

$410

Yes

Prior to term for which you are requesting employment

Generally 30-90 days; please plan on 90 days

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training

More than 20 hours per week

$410

Yes

No more than 90 days prior to graduation up to 60 days after graduation

or

After all course work is completed and only dissertation/thesis hours are required

Generally 30-90 days; please plan on 90 days

24-Month Extension Optional Practical Training

NOTE:  Applications begin May 10, 2016

More than 20 hours per week

$410

Yes

See SEVP STEM OPT Hub

 

H1-B Cap Gap Optional Practical Training

More than 20 hours per week

N/A

Yes

Automatic when H1-B petition is timely-filed

N/A

Severe Economic Hardship

Up to 20 hours per week Spring and Fall Term

$410

No

After completing one academic year and incurring an economic hardship

Generally 30-90 days; please plan on 90 days

No limit during Summer Term or Breaks


Other Information
On April 12, 2013 David A.M. Ware, Attorney at Law, presented a PowerPoint presentation at USF on employment option that may be available to you after you graduate.  To view the presentation please see Post-Graduation Employment Options.

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