International Organization

Working with an International Organization Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Student is eligible as soon he or she is in F-1 status; no academic-year waiting period. Available only while student is in F-1 status, before completion of the educational objective
Must be with a qualified international organization; please see the International Student & Scholar Advisor for a current list.
Granted by USCIS in increments of no more than one year, or until expected date of employment completion or program completion, whichever is shorter.
The Government does not reference a limit on the number of hours that can be worked in an F-1 internship with an international organization
Once authorized to work as an intern with an international organization, an F-1 student can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session. A student can work full-time during holidays or school vacation. If working during fall or spring semester, student must maintain full academic status.
Does not have to be related to course of study, but international organizations usually hire students for positions in their field of study
Must have a written offer of employment from a qualifying international organization; In all likelihood, should not be for a position which would qualify individual for G status.

Must apply for EAD from USCIS, and receive EAD before employment begins.
  • The employment authorization is automatically terminated whenever you fail to maintain immigration status;
  • Authorization to engage in practical training employment is automatically terminated when you transfer to another school or begins study at another educational level;
  • Post office does not forward mail form US CIS so please make sure you list the correct address on the application. 
For more information, please visit USCIS' website.

If you have already started an application, do not start a new one. Please go to your User Home Page to continue working on your application.

For questions or concerns, please contact Agata Liszkowska at (410) 677-5495