Must obtain written permission to work from the office that issued the DS-2019 form before beginning work.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) - must have been enrolled for at least nine months. Allows off campus work if it is a departmental requirement or recommendation for a course or the degree. Requires adjusted I-20 from the IS office.
Must have been enrolled for at least nine months. Allows off campus work for up to one year if it is related to the degree program. Usually done after the degree program but must apply before graduation. Requires a filing fee and an application to the USCIS service center in Texas. Takes several months to process.
Academic Training (AT) - allows 18 months of off campus employment if related to field of study. Requires a job offer. Requires advance permission from the office that issued the DS-2019 form.