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International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are eligible to work in the United States. Students can not begin to work prior to receiving work authorization, and should make an appointment with an International Student Adviser to discuss employment options.

Social Security Number:
Students must complete a Social Security Verification Form before applying for their Social Security Number. Students on a J-1 visa are not required to have a job offer to apply for a Social Security Number.

On-Campus Employment:
Students on an F-1 and J-1 visa may work on campus up to 20 hours per week (40 during school breaks) with the permission of the Center for International Education.

Off-Campus Employment:
Note: Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) are not eligible for Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training.

F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT):
CPT is authorized off-campus employment in your field of study before graduation. Students interested in a paid internship must apply for CPT before beginning the internship. Students must apply for CPT and receive approval from the Center for International Education and their Academic Adviser. Please see an International Student Adviser to discuss your employment and internship possibilities.

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT):
OPT is off-campus employment in your field of study after graduation. Students interested in working in the United States after graduation must apply for OPT before the end of their program at UW-Eau Claire, and receive work permission from the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please make an appointment with an International Student Adviser at least 5 months before graduation to apply.

Students currently on OPT in the STEM fields may apply for a 17-month extension by meeting with an International Student Adviser and completing the OPT STEM Extension Application.

J-1 Academic Training:
Academic Training allows off campus employment experiences in the student's field of study. Students may participate in Academic Training with the permission of academic department and approval from the Center for International Education. Please make an appointment with an International Student Adviser before you begin to search for Academic Training experiences.

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