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Employment Workshop For international students 2014-2015
Employability depends on your immigration status ---- What is your status? (not – what is your visa) NEVER work without immigration authorization – unauthorized employment can not be fixed in immigration What is volunteering?
F-1s On campus – up to 20 hours per week during the semester and full-time during breaks Off campus due to severe economic hardship – after one academic year, doesn’t happen much any more * Curricular Practical Training – after one academic year, must be for academic credit ** Special Student Relief – right now, only Syria Employment with an International Organization – mostly in Washington, D.C. Optional Practical Training and STEM * Available after 1 full academic year in program Usually available only after 1 full academic year in program
Non-SEVIS employment issues Apply for Social Security Number Complete an I-9 – proof of identity and proof of work permission Taxes Money withheld from every paycheck (some pay checks are $0!) Amount depends on tax treaty All international people must complete tax forms and mail to Internal Revenue Service by April 15 even if they did not make any money Generally, students receive some of the money back that was previously withheld.
OPT and STEM – most common at UIS 12 months full-time per level of study STEM – 17 months, once per lifetime Job directly related to major and appropriate for level of study Pre-OPT is subtracted from Post-OPT STEM fields eligible for 17-month extension and must be with an eVerify employer Work permission has specific start and end dates indicated on EAD card Can not be unemployed more than 90 days during regular OPT and no more than 30 additional days during STEM Must report address and employment information to UIS within 10 days (AR-11)
OPT/STEM application process Read the OPT handout (and STEM handout) http://www.uis.edu/internationalstudentservices/wp -content/uploads/sites/95/2014/03/OPT-form- pdf.pdf http://www.uis.edu/internationalstudentservices/wp -content/uploads/sites/95/2014/03/OPT-form- pdf.pdf Attend an employment workshop Prepare all documents Advisor’s form I-765 G-1145 Make an appointment with ISS – receive new I-20 Mail application within 30 days Can apply before getting a job offer
Advisor’s Form Student Name, UIN, SEVIS ID, Major, expected graduation date Requested beginning and ending date Must be within the 60 days following graduation Advisor, Department Chair, etc. Certify the student’s information regarding major and graduation date Name, signature, email, etc.
Determining what start date to request Usual issues Do you already have a job offer? Monday, 1 st or 15 th of the month Must be between graduation day and 60 days later Won’t get EAD card until at least 90 days after application is mailed And can’t begin working until you have the card
Post Completion OPT Timeline 150 day application time 60 days after graduation – start date on card ~~Actual work start date~~~~~~~~~~~ - No more than 90 days unemployment after start date on card 90 days beforeGraduation60 days after graduation dategraduation
G-1145 – e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance Name Email address Telephone number
I-765 – Application for Employment Authorization – Type this!!!!!!!!!!! Permission to accept employment 1. Name (family name in CAPS) (First) (Middle) 2. Other names 3. U.S. Mailing Address – sometimes changes SEVIS address, must be where you plan to be living in 90 days, some people use our office, use correct zip code! 4. Country of Citizenship/Nationality 5. Place of Birth 6. Date of Birth7. Gender 8. Marital Status 9. Social Security Number – if you have one 10. Alien Registration Number or I-94 Number 11. Have you ever before applied for employment authorization from USCIS?
I-765 continued 11 continued – which USCIS office, dates and results 12. Date of last entry to the U.S. 13. Place of last entry to the U.S. 14. Status of Last Entry 15. Current Immigration Status 16. Eligibility Category: pre(c)(3)(A), post(c)(3)(B), STEM (c)(3)(C) 17. required information for STEM Degree Employer’s name in E-Verify system E-Verify number Signature, telephone number and date
Application materials & order Check for $380 made out to Dept. of Homeland Security Two recent photos with name and I-94 written on back (not more than 1 month ago) G-1145 I-765 Copy of new I-20 from ISS office requesting OPT dates – make sure you have signed the bottom on the first page Copy of previous I-20, passport, visa and I-94
Address to mail application depends on where you live Read our handout for specific information or check online at www.uscis.gov/i-765 Regular mail to PO Boxes in Phoenix, AZ or Dallas, TX Express mail to physical addresses in Phoenix, AZ or Lewisville, TX
Application Timeline - OPT Eligible to apply from 90 before graduation up to 60 days after graduation Must mail application within 30 days of new I-20 being generated with requested OPT dates Students will receive a receipt notice by email, text or regular mail indicating their receipt number Students can track progress of their petition with the receipt number Processing of EADs usually takes 90 days Can not begin employment until card is received and the start date on the card has arrived
Differences for STEM application Eligible to apply up to 120 before end of OPT Application must include evidence of degree completion Application must include evidence that first 12 months of OPT were conducted appropriately – directly related to major, appropriate for level of study, no more than 90 days of unemployment This means include copies of job offer letters, pay stubs, etc. Can extend I-9 with EAD – or for 180 days with receipt notice
Additional OPT Issues Employment Reports within 10 days Your name and physical address – AR-11 and UIS Job title and start date Company name and address Supervisor’s name and contact information Requesting a STEM extension I-20 – email and employer report L-1s and jobs outside the U.S. Cap Gap and H-1s Travel before, during and after OPT/STEM