ISS Work Programs

 

  • Working on-campus at TCC

Eligibility:      All international students on a TCC I-20 are eligible.
 

Benefit:         Work Part-time up to 20 hours per week during the regular  
                       semester and up to 40 during the summer, job type is not 
                       important.
 

Application:  No immigration application required, apply through TCC.

  • NOTE:  "Once a job offer is received, the international student will need a  letter from the ISS Office and the TCC Human Resources Office to file for a social security card. You will be eligible for a FICA tax exemption."

 

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

     Eligibility:    All international students on a TCC I-20 who have been in-status at

                                  least one academic year and whose degree requires an internship.
 

             Benefit:       Work in a field related to the international student's major. The

                                  work must be a part of the student's curriculum / required

                                  coursework. The internationa student must be supervised and

                                  receive a grade for the course.
 

             Application:  Apply through the International Student Services Office 
                                    BEFORE you begin work. A notation must be made on your 
                                    I-20. 

 

  • Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)

             Eligibility:       All international students on a TCC I-20 who have been

                                     in-status at least one academic year.
             

             Benefit:         Work part-time, off campus, in the international student's

                                    field of study, for one year while the student is still taking

                                    classes at TCC .
            

              Application:  Apply through US Citizenship and Immigration Services

                                     with the help of the ISS Office. Current cost to apply:

                                     $380 (subject to increase).

                                    NOTE: One year of this OPT prevents doing the post-

                                    completion OPT.  

 

  • Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)

              Eligibility:     All international students on a TCC I-20 who have been

                                    in-status at least one academic year.
           

              Benefit:        Work full-time, off campus, in the international student's

                                   field of study, for one year after the student has graduated

                                   from TCC.
          

             Application:  Apply through US Citizenship and Immigration Services

                                    with the help of the ISS Office. Current cost to apply:

                                    $380 (subject to increase).

             NOTE:           International students may apply up to 90 days before

                                   graduation or 60 days AFTER graduation.

 OPT Application Basics (pdf)

 Q&A On OPT Regulations (pdf)

 Cap Gap (pdf)

  • Severe Economic Hardship

              Eligibility:  All International students on a TCC I-20 who have been

                                 in-status for at least one academic year. Must have a severe,

                                 documented, unforeseen change in financial support.
          

              Benefit:      Work part-time, off campus, for one year while the international 

                                  student is still taking classes at TCC.
          

             Application:Apply through US Citizenship and Immigration Services with the help 
                                  of the ISS Office. Current cost to apply: $380 (subject to increase). 

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