Work Opportunities for Students in F-1 Status
The following is a list of all opportunities to obtain authorization to work in the United States if you are in F-1 immigration status. Each category may allow for authorization under different circumstances and at different times during your stay in the U. S. For detailed information on a particular category, please click on the subject heading.
On-Campus Work - Full-time students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. On-campus employment means that you are paid by Columbia University or working at a University location with an employer that is providing services to students, such as the Bookstore. On-campus employment requires an I-9 Employment Verification Authorization form to be completed by you at the I-9 Processing Center, 210 Kent Hall, in advance of beginning to work.
Off-Campus Work Based on Financial Need - Students who have been in F-1 status for one academic year and who are experiencing extreme financial difficulties due to unforeseen changes that severely affect their financial resources may apply for work permission. Authorization is given by the DHS with the recommendation of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) or International Affairs Office (IAO).
Internship with an International Organization -Students in F-1 status are eligible to apply for permission to work for international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, etc. Authorization is granted by the DHS with the recommendation of the ISSO or IAO.
Practical Training- This is defined as employment related to your field of study and is available during and after completion of your studies. The following is a list of the categories of practical training:
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