Employment

Employment

On-Campus

All student employment on campus at SHSU is coordinated through the Career Services, Jobs4Kats. 

All international undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to work on campus during the academic year.  During the fall/spring semesters, students are limited to 20 hours per week.  However, during the summer semester(s), international students may work 40 hours per week without being registered for class.

Before an international student can be employed, he/she must obtain a social security number. 

There are three steps to this process:


1) Get a letter from the employing department which includes.

  • Title of position
  • Start date
  • Name of supervisor

2) Get a letter from the Office of International Programs addressed to the Social Security Administration, verifying:

  • Dates of employment
  • Classification as F-1 student, with SAM ID and SEVIS numbers

3) Take both letters to the Social Security Administration office.  The nearest office to Huntsville is in Conroe at 600 Sgt Ed Holcomb Blvd., Conroe, TX 77304

Off-campus

International students may not work off campus unless specifically authorized by the Office of International Programs. 

CPT -- Curricular Practical Training

ItemSummary
Preconditions Student must have beenlawfully enrolled on a full-time basis at an INS (DHS)-approved school for one full academic year before being eligible for CPT.  Exception exists for geraduate students whose programs require immediate curricular training.  Available only while student is in F-1 status, before completion of the educational objective.  Students in English language training programs are ineligible for CPT.
Location Students may engage in CPT only for the specific employer, location and period approved and recorded by the DSO in SEVIS.
Duration Depends on the specific period granted by the DSO.  May be granted by DSO in increments of no more than one year, or until expected date of employment completion, whichever is shorter.  No cumulative maximum, except that it can only be approved before completion of the academic objective.
Hours per week Can be approved for part-time (20 hours or less) or full-time (over 20 hours).
Field/level of work Must be an integral part of an established curriculum, in the student's course of study.
Offer of employment Must have an offer of employment from an employer offering work that qualifies as curricular practical training.
Effect on other work Use of full-time CPT for one year or more eliminates eligibility for Optional Practical Training.  Use of part-time CPT does not affect eligibility for Optional Practical Training.
Approval process Must receive written authorization from DSO, who records authorization in SEVIS and issues SEVIS I-20 with notation, before work begins.  USCIS approval is not required.
Miscellaneous Must continue to maintain a full course of study in F-1 status during the period of employment, but exceptions may exist for some CPT.

 

OPT -- Optional Practical Training

Watch the OPT Presentation

Checklist for OPT

ItemSummary
Preconditions Student must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis at a DHS-approved school for one full academic year before being eligible for OPT.  Available both before and after completion of the educational objective, but different rules apply to pre- and post-completion OPT.  Students in English language training programs are not eligible for OPT.  F-1 and F-3 "border commuter students" are eligible only for OPT following completion of the course of study.
Location Students may engage in OPT for any employer for the duration of OPT authorization, as long as the employment qualifies under OPT standards.
Duration Cumulative maximum of 12 months per educational level.  Part-time OPT is deducted from the 12 month limit at 50%.
Hours per week 20 hours/week limit for pre-completion OPT done while school is in session and student still has coursework to complete.  Over 20 hours/week can be requested for pre-completion OPT done during official school breaks or after student has completed all coursework required for the degree while the student is completing a thesis or dissertation.  For post-completion OPT, only full-time OPT can be requested.
Field/level of work Must be directly related to and commensurate with the level of the student's course of study.
Offer of employment No offer of employment is required, but the student is expected to work or be actively seeking employment after the OPT EAD is issued.
Effect on other work Prior use of full-time Curricular Practical Training for one year or more eliminates eligibility for Optional Practical Training.
Approval process Must apply for and receive an EAD from USCIS with assistance of DSO before work begins.  EAD application must be properly filed with USCIS before the student's program completion date.  Student must begin application procedures sufficiently in advance to allow the DSO to update the SEVIS record with the recommendation, and to ensure that I-765 accepted by USCIS prior to the student's program completion date.
Miscellaneous If doing pre-completion OPT, must maintain a full course of study during the period of employment (unless done during school breaks).  Degree candidates that have completed all coursework must continue to make normal progress towards completing the thesis or dissertation required for their degree.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of International Programs.

 

Contact Information
Barbara Eckenfels
Executive Director of Special Programs
 eckenfels@shsu.edu   936.294.4455  CHSS 190 C
Amber Li
Recruiter and Special Programs Coordinator
 amberli@shsu.edu   936.294.2746  F116 D
Pat Herrington
International Undergraduate Advisor
 ugrad.intl@shsu.edu   936.294.3892  F116 F
Justin Ball
International Graduate Advisor
 grad.intl@shsu.edu   936.294.4607  F116 E








Office of International Programs
Farrington Building, Suite 116, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-4737


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