OPT is a work authorization benefit available to eligible F-1 students. This benefit allows one year of employment following graduation. Read for more information on OPT, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recently approved a new OPT Extension that will allow qualified international students in STEM majors to work for an additional 24-month period. This will replace the previous 17-month STEM Extension. The new 24-month STEM OPT rule is effective Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. For more information on STEM OPT read here.
Northern Kentucky University offers F-1 students job opportunities. F-1 students may work on-campus 20 hours or less per week when school is in session. Students may work on campus up to 35 hours per week during official breaks if they intend to return the following semester. The official breaks are:
F-1 students are not eligible for a Social Security Number unless they have received a job offer and will be participating in authorized employment. You do not need a Social Security Number to:
The purpose of a Social Security Number is for income tax reporting.
F-1 students are not generally permitted to work off-campus. Students who engage in unauthorized work are subject to:
The only exception to this regulation is for F-1 benefits that are authorized before beginning employment. The F-1 benefits include: