After completing nine consecutive months of full-time study, a student in F-1 status may apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) for a specific period of Optional Practical Training.
The Optional Practical Training may occur during a program of study or upon completion of the degree and is limited to a total of 12 months. The employment must be in the student’s field of study and at a level commensurate with the student’s educational level. It is not necessary to have an offer of employment to apply for work authorization but it is wise to have an offer for employment BEFORE the completion of studies.
Alfred TravelLIGHTLY, in pencil, put your name and admission number on the back of each photo.
West University Street
Alfred, New York
Phone: (607) 587-8842
All of the necessary photocopies for your application and for your office file will be made in the International Education Office and your application will be assembled for you in the correct order. Your original I-20(s), I-94 card and passport will be returned to you.
For further instructions, please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Web site.
The USCIS processing time can be up to three months. Be sure to apply for work authorization well before you will need it. You cannot begin employment without your EAD card.