Students must NOT pursue any off-campus employment without proper authorization. Authorization must be received BEFORE beginning any off-campus work, internship, or related employment activity. Pursuing off-campus employment activity without proper authorization could jeopardize the ability to complete your MIT academic program and any future US visas.
Students who have been in F-1 visa status for 9 consecutive months may apply for employment related to their field of study through “practical training.” There are two kinds of Practical Training:
In addition, students who are currently on post-completion Optional Practical Training may be eligible for a STEM OPT Extension.
The average processing time for Curricular Practical Training is 2 weeks. The average processing time for Optional Practical Training is 3 to 4 months.
OPT and STEM OPT Reporting Requirements
Students who are on an active and approved period of post-completion OPT and STEM OPT must fulfill reporting requirements.