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F1 Visa work AuthorizationOne of the biggest advantages of studying in the United States on the F1 Visa is the ability to obtain a work authorization. Although the work authorization is restricted and not valid for an indefinite period, it allows the students to get the first-hand experience in the professional world. Depending upon the field of study, F1 students are usually eligible for two types of work authorization:
On an F1 Visa, international students are able to pursue full-time or part-time paid / unpaid work opportunities in internship positions. This program is called Curricular Practical Training, or CPT. Several educational institutions offer their students CPT from Day 1 of school. The work authorization offered by F1 Visa makes higher education affordable for international students as they are ineligible to get federal aid or scholarships. Students need to be careful while selecting an internship position, as any job accepted under this classification should allow them to put their academic knowledge into practice.
OPT, or Optional Practical Training, allows international students to stay and work in the United States after completing their studies and gain invaluable experience. OPT also enables the students to build relationships with their employers and pursue their path to a Green Card. Students on OPT are also eligible to enter the annual H1-B Lottery and are even given preference over other applicants. OPT by some courses (STEM) can be extended for another two-year period, which makes STEM courses extremely popular with international students.