by Lette Berhe
You may have heard that getting permission to work in the U.S. can feel like an impossible task. But you are about to learn how, as an international student, you can not only work legally but also in a field that you love. Yes, it still takes some time and effort, but the OPT and CPT programs will make the process a lot simpler.
OPT and CPT are government programs sponsored by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that are specifically aimed to help international students work off campus during and after their degree programs.
Now, you may be thinking, “Should I really work and study at the same time?”.
It is true that trying to balance a full class schedule and working 20 hours a week is not for everyone. But the important thing is that you know that you have the option to work if you want. If you're still not sure that you want to work and study, no problem.
Luckily, you don’t have to choose. You have the option to work during school, on school breaks, and even after graduating.
There are many benefits to participating in these programs, and here are some for you to consider:
Although you can participate in both OPT and CPT, it is important to know the different requirements and limitations for each program.