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International Organization Employment F-1 Students

Students who have a job offer from an international organization on the approved list may apply for employment authorization while in F-1 status.

Authorization is given by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) with a recommendation from ISSS. USCIS may take up to 3 months to approve this work authorization.


  • Have a written offer for a position by and within the scope of a recognized international organization per the International Organization Immunities Act ( 22 USC 288 Stat. 669).
  • Be a full-time student in a degree program holding F-1 status through American University

Hours Per Week

  • 20 hours during academic year (if combined with on-campus employment or pre-completion OPT, total hours worked cannot exceed 20)
  • No limit during vacation periods


  1. Email the following documents to ISSS:
    • Completed form I-765 (PDF)
    • Employment offer letter from the approved international organization, on letter head, including: job responsibilities, begin & end date, and hours per week.
    • Passport with F-1 visa
    • Current I-94 record indicating F-1 status
    • Current and all previous I-20s
    • Copies of previous employment authorization documents (if applicable)

      *Ensure that you acquire two passport style photos and $410 check, cashier's check or money order payable to US Department of Homeland Security before mailing.

      **The filing fee was not updated to $550 on October 2, 2020, due to a temporary injunction. Always verify fee on the I-765 instructions.
  2. Within 3 - 5 business days, ISSS will issue a new I-20 recommending employment authorization and will contact you to arrange mailing. You will then receive instructions by mail on the next steps before mailing the packet to USCIS. 
  3. Mail your complete application to USCIS within 30 days.