For international students with F-1 visas, employment is limited to campus jobs only. (Off-campus jobs require a work permit granted by the U. S. Federal Government.)
DEPENDENTS: The spouse or children of the F-1 student may enter the U.S. on an F-2 visa provided they have evidence of adequate financial support. A person on an F-2 visa may not be employed under any circumstances.
Some areas that employ students are: Facilities Services (Custodial), Maintenance Services, Grounds Services, Library, Bon Appétit, University Admissions, Business Office, Information Technology, Academic Departments, Mail Center, and Summer Camps.
United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS) regulations permit F-1 students enrolled in post-secondary educational programs to participate in curricular practical training which is an integral part of the curriculum, and in post-graduation practical training. Eligible students may obtain authorization for curricular practical training from their Designated School Official (DSO), but must apply to the USCIS for employment authorization for post-graduation practical training. Employment for post-graduation practical training must relate directly to the student's major area of study and is limited to one year in duration.
For more detailed information, please read the online CPT and OPT brochures.
Regulations set by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) permit F-1 students to participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) if such training is an integral part of the curriculum, such as a required internship or practicum. Eligible students may obtain authorization for CPT from their Designated School Official (DSO).
This training must be authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the student must be issued an Employment Authorization Document (EAD Card) before training may begin. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a work experience directly related to a student’s major area of study. It may be used before or after completion of studies. A job offer is not required to apply for OPT; however, employment must be procured within 90 days of the authorization date for post-completion OPT.
Earnings from student employment are subject to federal income tax unless exemption is claimed by completion of the applicable tax treaty for the home of residency. Additional tax information on tax obligations can be found in Internal Revenue Publications 518, 419 and 519. However, it is recommended that F-1 and J-1 visa holders contact LeTourneau University's payroll department for clarification on federal income tax withholding. More information...