F-1 Student Visa

Overview

The majority of individuals studying in the United States will require an F-1 student visa, sponsored by a school approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to host international students. Students are issued Form I-20, which is then used to apply for the F-1 visa. While the primary purpose of the F-1 visa is to study, there are several options for F-1 students to seek employment as a means of gaining experience in their field of study after completion of their first academic year.

Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorizes F-1 students to work through an internship or co-op course or as a required part of their degree progra… Read More

Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of employment that can be used either during the course of study as pre-completion OPT (part time during t… Read More

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