International Students & Scholars / Employment

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Employment


International students on F-1 and J-1 visas have to abide by certain rules and restrictions regarding employment while they are enrolled for classes in their degree program. Please read through the sections carefully and consult an International Student Advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Types of Employment

 

On-Campus Employment

Rules and opportunities for working on campus

On Campus

Optional Practical Training

Eligibility and instructions for OPT

OPT

Curricular Practical Training

Information on off-campus work for F-1 students

CPT

Academic Training

Deadlines and eligibility requirements for academic training

Training

Economic Hardship

Conditions for working off-campus based on economic hardship

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Employment Workshops

The ISS office will be holding Employment Workshops for international students looking to work during their time at Cal State Fullerton. All workshop seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

CPT In-Person Sessions

Our CPT In-Person Sessions are all on campus. Attendees are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Late arrivals will not be allowed to enter the session. 

Date  Time  Location
Friday, Dec. 2 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. SGMH 1109

 

 

CPT: Webinar Sessions

Students may also attend a CPT Webinar Session. To join the webinar, just click on the “Webinar Link” 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled time.

No Sessions Available At This Time

 

OPT In-Person Sessions

Our OPT In-Person Sessions are all on campus. There will be limited space and attendees are recommended to arrive early to guarantee seating.

No Sessions Available At This Time

 

OPT Webinar Sessions

Students may also attend an OPT Webinar Session. To join the webinar, just click on the “Webinar Link” during the scheduled time.

 

Date Time  Location
Wednesday, Nov. 30

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Online (Session Link)



 

 

Optional OPT Prep Sessions

Students may attend a drop-in Session to review the OPT packet with an advisor and receive assistance assembling the packet before mailing to USCIS. If attending, please be sure to bring all items on OPT checklist including passport photos and a payment check.

Date Time Location
Friday, Dec. 9 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. UH-242 Conference Room

Sign-up is not required for any session. If you have any questions about the Employment Workshops, please contact our office.

 

Instructions

The following are the instructions with regards to employment:

 
  • International students are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
  • International students can work up to a maximum of 40 hours per week during the summer and winter breaks.
  • International students are limited to working only on campus at Cal State Fullerton.
  • International students must be in F-1 or J-1 status for at least one academic year before they can apply for an off-campus work permit.
  • International students with F-1 status can apply to work off campus (eligibility criteria varies depending on type of work permit).
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