Off Campus Options
Notification Process: Requires approval through the DSO, and formal notification of BCIS through SEVIS.
Adjudication Process: Requires the recommendation of the DSO in SEVIS, and approval of USCIS. Adjudication of these types of employment authorization will take 3-4 months.
Employment with an international organization under the International Organization Immunities Act (IOIA) F-1 students may be offered employment under the sponsorship of an international organization. Qualifying international organizations (i.e. World Bank, the United Nations, UNICEF) may hire students for vacation or short term employment. Students must apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) through the BCIS.
The Special Student Relief Program is available for citizens of Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines, Indonesia, and South Korea. It is virtually the same as employment with an international organization, except that it is available upon initial entry (waiving the academic year of enrollment requirement) and can be used to expand on campus work authorization beyond the 20 hour/week limit.