Texas Tech University

F-1 Employment

"Employment" is work performed in exchange for compensation. Compensation can include money, room and board, or other significant benefits. Before accepting any kind of employment, be sure it is allowed by the F-1 regulations. Note that the off-campus employment opportunities generally require you to have completed one academic year (three quarters) to be eligible to apply for authorization. Consult an ISSS adviser with any questions related to F-1 status and employment.

For general introductory information regarding F-1 and J-1 employment please view the ISSS international student employment presentation.

ISSS international student employment presentation.

Note: Only after you are offered employment will you be eligible to apply for a social security number. For more information regarding getting a social security card, go to the

On-Campus Employment

OFF-Campus Employment

Optional Practical Training


Curricular Practical Training