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F/M Student Employment

Last updated 28-Jun-2017

Learn about F/M student employment, including optional practical training (OPT), science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) OPT, and curricular practical training (CPT).

Student Employment Overview

In this section, designated school officials can learn about the types of employment available to students and access resources on social security numbers and taxes.

View Employment Information

In this section, learn how to view a student’s Employment Information page in SEVIS. The Employment Information page displays all employment authorizations for an individual SEVIS ID. Learn how to navigate from the SEVIS Student Information page to Employment Information to view the student’s work request history.

Unemployment Counter

Learn where to find the Unemployment Counter, how to interpret it and what it means.

F-1 Off Campus Employment and International Organization Internship

In this section, you will learn about off-campus employment and internships with international organizations and how to authorize and report such employment in SEVIS. 

Practical Training Indicators and Dates

In this section, learn how SEVIS indicates which students are on active OPT or M-1 practical training and what the three different sets of dates mean.

F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

In this section, the guide reviews information for F-1 students are eligible for practical training. There are two types of F-1 practical training: curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT).

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)

In this section, designated school officials can access important information about F-1 optional practical training. Given the strict rules that apply, this document offers helpful information designated school officials should know about the different types of optional practical training as well as the required forms, processes and SEVIS update requirements.

F-1 Add, Edit, Delete Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employer

In section, designated school officials can learn how to report employer information for students on OPT or M-1 practical training.

F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension

In this section, designated school officials can learn how to extend post-completion OPT for F-1 students in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) fields.

M-1 Practical Training

In this section, designated school officials can learn how to recommend optional practical training for M-1 students. 

SEVIS and the SEVP Portal

In this section, you will learn about how SEVIS interacts with the SEVP Portal, and the actions school officials can take.