Employment Opportunities in F-1 Status

  1. Calhoun Community College is unable at this time to offer financial aid or on campus work study to F-1 international students.
  2. CCC Nursing Program is the only program of study that offers employment opportunity for F-1 international students after completing the program and applying for OPT (Optional Practical Training).
  3. Severe Economic Hardship – F-1 students are eligible for off-campus employment if unforeseen severe circumstances beyond the student’s control occur. An unforeseen severe circumstance is defined as any situation  that seriously alters a student’s financial condition. Examples of unforeseen economic hardship include:
  • Substantial increases in the value of currency or exchange rate
  • Unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student’s source of support
  • Inordinate increases in tuition and/or living expenses
  • Medical bills, or other substantial and unexpected expenses.

If approved, the USCIS will issue a work card valid for one(1) year. This card may be renewed provided the student remains in good academic standing and maintain his or her immigration status. The student must also PROVE continued economic need.

For off-campus work: The student must have an employment authorization document (EAD) issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

A student wishing to apply for OPT needs to do so 120 days before completion of the program of study. The Employment Authorization document (EAD) is normally received within 120 days after the application is submitted. Therefore, students are strongly advised to apply for OPT as early as 120 days prior to the date they wish to begin studying. Students may not begin employment until they receive the employment authorization card (EAD).