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Student jobs are available at the university through RSU Career Services.

Off-Campus Employment

Off-campus employment requires authorization from Immigration. Please meet with the PDSO to discuss the following options.

Economic Hardship Employment

  • Must have been in F-1 status for at least one full academic year.
  • Must prove to USCIS that employment is necessary due to severe economic hardship caused by circumstances beyond his or her control that arose after obtaining F-1 status.
  • Granted by USCIS in increments of one year at a time, or until the program end-date, whichever is shorter.
  • Authorization ends if student transfers schools.
  • Limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session; can be full-time during official school breaks.
  • Must apply for EAD from USCIS, and receive EAD before employment begins.
  • Social Security Number Application Procedure

Optical Practical Training (OPT)

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  • Complete Form I-765
  • Complete Form G-1145
  • Submit copy of I-94
  • Copy of last EAD if applicable, if not EAD you must submit a copy of a government issued identity document, such as:
    • a passport showing your picture, name, and birth date
    • birth certificate with ID
    • a visa issued by a foreign consulate
    • a national ID document with photo and/or fingerprint
  • Submit two identical color photographs of yourself within 30 days of filing a 2×2 passport style on back of photo print name and SEVIS number with pencil.
  • Check or Money Order for $380 payable to Department of Homeland Security
  • Submit the OPT Request Form

Once these documents are brought in, the International Advisor will request for OPT and print out a new I-20 showing the request. The student will need to sign the I-20 to be mailed in with documentation.