International Organization Employment (F-1 students)
F-1 students may apply for authorization for employment by a “recognized international organization,” such as the World Bank or the Organization of American States.
- You must have a written offer of employment from a qualifying international organization.
- You are a full time student in good standing.
- There is no waiting period.
- Authorization is granted by USCIS in increments of no more than one year.
- There is no limit on the amount of hours you can work per week.
- Employment does not have to relate to your major field of study
How to apply
- Once you are offered a position, make an appointment with OIS.
- Prepare a package containing the following:
- Written certification from an international organization on their letterhead that the proposed employment is within the scope of the organization’s sponsorship.
- Complete Form I-765
- Use code (c)(3)(ii) in the Eligibility Category field (currently item 27).
- Note that the signature on your I-765 will appear on your EAD card; be sure not to cross the line
- A photocopy of your Form I-94
- Form I-765 filing fee (check, money order or credit card)
- Obtain two immigration-style photos, 2” x 2”
- Copy of the visa and ID pages from your passport, or, for applications for renewal of work authorization, a photocopy of the previously-issued EAD
- Make photocopies of ALL your I-20s
- Photocopy your I-94 arrival/departure record (available online here)
- We will review your package, and then update your SEVIS record and print a new I-20 to reflect the internship. A photocopy of this new I-20 will be included in the package.
- Note that processing time could be three to five months.
- When can I start working at the international organization that has hired me?
- You may start on or after the start date on your EAD card
- Can I take a semester off to work at the international organization?
- No, you must continue to be a full-time student.
- Does this time count against Optional Practical Training (OPT) time?
- What if the international organization wants me to work for them for beyond one year?
- Plan to reapply well in advance of the EAD end date.
- Does the internship have to relate to my major?
- Is there a list of all qualifying international organizations?
- Yes: Here is the list maintained at 8 CFR 316.20(c) within the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.