Drury offers student employment only to full-time undergraduate day school students. Federal regulations allow for F-1 student on-campus employment as long as the student is maintaining their F-1 immigration status and are in good academic standing.
During the academic year, F-1 students can work up to twenty hours per week on campus. When school is not in session, F-1 students can work full time on campus.
Human Resources can help you with all stages of the on campus job search: identification of open positions, accepting applications for employment, and assisting with the paperwork associated with working on the Drury campus.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please see the Director of International Support Services as soon as possible.
It is very important to remember that immigration regulations prohibit all types of off-campus employment without specific authorization. Any unauthorized off-campus work is illegal and subject to strict penalties, including deportation.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is most commonly used by students to gain work experience in their field of study after completing a degree program. There are certain other situations in which OPT may be possible prior to completion of a degree program.
Applications for OPT are submitted by mail to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). When approved, an Employment Authorization Document (EAD, Form I-766) will be mailed to the address which is listed on the student’s I-765 application form.
OPT applications must be submitted prior to completion of a degree program. It can take USCIS ninety days or more to process an OPT application. The International Support Services can provide a current estimate of processing times. Applications should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the date you want to begin working. You cannot begin working until you have received your EAD card.
USCIS regulations allow up to 12 months of OPT at each degree level for a student in F-1 status. A student must have been in F-1 status for at least 9 consecutive months to be eligible for OPT. In certain circumstances, time spent in full-time study in another immigration status may count toward satisfaction of the 9-month rule.
Students remain in F-1 status during the period of OPT, and must continue to report any change of address or employer within 10 days to USCIS via the SEVP Portal.
Reporting Requirements While on OPT
You are required to update your OPT employer information to ensure your SEVIS record is accurate at all times. It is your responsibility to maintain and report updates to your employment and address. However, ISS will continue to support you during this process. Report any address changes (within 10 days of it changing) or changes of employer by emailing email@example.com and by logging into your SEVP Portal and updating your profile there. If you are having trouble logging in to your SEVP portal account, email ISS for assistance.
Read more about your OPT reporting requirements.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) makes it possible for F-1 students to gain specific practical work experience required or optional in an established degree program. Such training must be an integral part of the curriculum (the student must be receiving academic credit if the training is not a required part of the degree program). CPT provides legal authorization for the F-1 student to be in a work environment whether or not payment of wages is involved. Internships and other work requirements listed in the Drury University catalogs are examples of such programs. Questions concerning the appropriateness of CPT in specific situations should be addressed to an International Support Services (ISS) at 873-7885.
A student must have been in F-1 status for one academic year (9 months) to be eligible for CPT.
CPT is authorized by the ISS office with an endorsement on your I-20 form. No application to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is required. The I-20 endorsement provides specific dates for beginning and ending authorization and specifies the employer and site of work. The endorsement must be obtained before work begins. When you have reviewed the instructions and completed the forms, please make an appointment in ISS to process your CPT application.
CPT can be either full-time, which does require at least a minimal enrollment, or part-time (up to 20 hours per week of work), which requires full-time enrollment. Full-time CPT of 12 months or more makes F-1 students ineligible for subsequent Optional Practical Training.
At this point in the process, please see the ISS office to review your documents.
If you are enrolled in a STEM eligible degree program, this means that you are now eligible for up to 3 years of work authorization in the United States as long as your employment is based on your field of study. A STEM eligible degree means that your degree is in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math, and that your degree is listed here.
Student will compile their application as listed in steps 1-9 below and see the ISS Office for review.
Send all documents to https://www.uscis.gov/i-765 – see Where to File information
PO Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036
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Attn: NFB AOS
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Phoenix, AZ 85034
Reporting Requirements While on STEM OPT
You are required to periodically maintain (even if nothing has changed) or update your STEM OPT Activity. The responsibility to report this information regarding your STEM OPT extension is you and your employer’s responsibility. However, ISS will continue to support you during this process. Report any address changes or changes of employer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and by logging into your SEVP Portal and updating your profile there. If you are having trouble logging in to your SEVP portal account, email ISS for assistance.
You can read more about your reporting requirements here: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students-stem-opt-reporting-requirements