If you are eligible to work while at UCR, you must follow U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State regulations. Accepting a job without proper authorization has severe consequences. Let us help you with legal employment.
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You must maintain your F-1 visa status to work on-campus.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
To work off-campus due to economic hardship, you must:
For more information about applying for working authorization due to economic hardship, you must schedule an appointment to meet with an international student advisor.
Important Note about the OPT STEM Extensions: The ISS office is aware of the WashTech Lawsuit August 12, 2015 OPT STEM Extension Summary Judgement ruling and is following the situation closely as more information becomes available. Since the ruling does not go into effect until February 12, 2016, the ISRC is continuing OPT STEM Extension processing as usual until further notice. For background information on the lawsuit and possible impact see the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Focus on STEM summary.
Please contact us for J-1 employment procedures.
After completing your studies, you may work off-campus for up to 18 months, if the job qualifies as academic training.
You will need:
Once your authorization is approved, you will receive an updated DS-2019 and your 18-month work period begins.
J-1 Reciprocity Students
If you want to participate in an academic training internship after completing your program, please contact an international student advisor.
Many applications, such as OPT packets, require you to submit passport-style photos. We do encourage students to get these done somewhere that advertises taking them, however, they still do not always meet regulations. Below is the official Department of State guidelines for your passport-style photos. Be sure to understand the guidelines and, if necessary, show them to the representative taking your photo. If they do not meet these specifications, they should be able to re-do them for free.
Applying for an SSN is free. You must apply in person. You are eligible for a SSN only if you are employed or have the appropriate work authorization. If you do not meet one of this criteria, you will not qualify for a SSN.
You must bring:
All of our international student advisors are DSOs. Drop off your form at the front desk to request a signature. It normally takes three days.
See our calendar for upcoming employment workshops.
Are you an employer of an international student attending UCR? If so, read “What Employers Should Know About Hiring International Students.”