Post Graduation Employment Issues Workshop
Information for Employers
Curricular Practical Training for F-1 Students
Initial Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students
17-Month Extension of OPT for F-1 Students
Employment for J-1 Students
Going Global, An Internet Job and Career Resource
Eligibility for Social Security Number
Sample listing of employers who have recently hired international students on CPT or OPT
Employment Overview - Read this for general information and to learn how "Employment" is defined by immigration law.
Sample CPT Letter Needed From Employer
Information For Binghamton University Employers About Social Security Numbers
BU Employment Letter Template for a Social Security Number
(department letterhead must be used)
Considering employment with a SUNY University or College?
Employment at a SUNY university or college that is not Binghamton University is considered off-campus employment. If you are in F-1 status you must apply for and receive the appropriate authorization, usually Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT), from the ISSS before you begin any employment activity at a different SUNY university or college. Students in J-1 status must also request written authorization from the ISSS. Remember: any position at the SUNY campuses in our regional area: SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Morrisville, Broome Community College or any other State University of New York institution is off campus employment. If you have questions please contact ISSS staff BEFORE you begin the employment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Curricular Practical Training
U.S. Regulations Governing Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students
Student's Checklist : Applying for Curricular Practical Training
Academic Advisor's Form for Curricular Practical Training
Sample CPT Letter Needed From Employer
* Don't forget - you are required to register for at least one course credit that reflects your CPT during each semester (or equivalent time period during the summer) of the CPT employment. This is necessary for a paid or unpaid internship. This one credit is part of your required full time course registration (or full time equivalent course registration)
DO NOT Begin your position until you receive your new I-20 for CPT!
Please note: Applying for CPT authorization is not the same as being authorized to begin the paid or unpaid position you have been offered. You are not authorized to begin your position UNTIL you have the new I-20 for CPT in your possession, and the start date on the I-20 has arrived.
It is necessary for you to be very careful to obey the federal immigration regulations governing CPT. If you have any questions about when you can begin your paid or unpaid position please ask ISSS staff.
In this section of the website, you will find the federal immigration regulations governing Optional Practical Training (OPT), the necessary forms to apply for OPT and instructions on how to apply.
Information and Guidelines
Deadlines and Requirements for a Successful OPT Application
Frequently Asked Questions About OPT for F-1 Students
OPT Fact Sheet for F-1 Students
OPT For “Course Complete” Students
SEVIS Responsibilities for Students on OPT
Optional Practical Training and Travel
F-1 Students: Be Prepared While Traveling on OPT
(linked with permission of the Murthy Law Firm)
Counting Days of Unemployment
Kinds of Employment Allowed Under OPT
Checking the Status of Your OPT Application On-Line
Forms and InstructionsStudent Checklist: Applying for Optional Practical Training
Academic Advisor's Form for Optional Practical Training
Determining Your OPT Start Date
Form I-765 (for F-1 Students)
Sample Form I-765 for Post-Completion OPT
Important Information On USCIS Photo Requirements
OPT Health Insurance Enrollment Form
Are you F-1 and on OPT? Update Your Address and Employment Status Here
NOTE: It will take approximately 3 months for USCIS to process your OPT application and issue the EAD card. You cannot begin work nor training for a position until the EAD card is in your hand. The application deadline is within sixty days following your degree completion date, but it is strongly advised that you apply earlier to allow sufficient time for your EAD card to be processed.
17-Month Extension of OPT Fact Sheet
17-Month Extension of OPT Application Form
17-Month Extension of OPT Student Check List
17-Month Extension of OPT Mailing Instructions
Required Form for Those on 17-Month Extension of OPT Update Your Address and
Employment Status Here
SEVIS Responsibilities for Students on Academic Training
Authorization of J-1 Student On-Campus Employment
Employment Rules for J-1 Students
Academic Training for J-1 Students
Academic Advisors Recommendation Form for J-1 Academic Training