Practical training is a temporary work authorization for F-1 visa students, granted by the United States government, designed to give students an opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study during school or after graduation.
The jobs you apply for must be closely related to your major/field of study and appropriate to your level of education. The job can be anywhere in the United States.
Students who have been in the United States and in F-1 visa status for at least one academic year, and are currently in status as a full-time student, or are in their last quarter of degree completion.
Most students choose to do twelve months of full-time (40 hours/week) training after they complete their degree (post-completion practical training). However, you also have the option of doing your training part-time while you are still a full-time student.
You can work up to 20 hours a week during the time school is in session, as long as you are able to complete a full course load. Part-time (pre-completion) training is counted against the 12-month total as follows: 2 months part-time training=1 month full-time training.
Post-completion training: You can request a particular day to start and end your training when you apply. The start date you request can be, at the earliest, the day after you complete all degree requirements, and at the latest, 60 days after.
You cannot start working before you receive your EAD, or before the start date on the EAD.
Pre-completion training: You can request any start date and end date of your training, as long as you remain in your full-time student status during the duration of your training.
You cannot apply directly for this benefit. You need to apply through the International Student Center (ISC) at Seattle University. To apply, you will need to make an appointment at the ISC and bring in all of your documents. We will take care of the necessary paperwork and make sure your application is complete before we mail it in.
Via the ISC, you will receive the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card in the mail with your photo and the dates during which you are authorized to do training.
You will receive a receipt called the "Notice of Action" 3-4 weeks after sending your application. A few weeks or months after your receipt is sent, your EAD card will be mailed directly to the ISC. Normally the EAD is sent out within 60-90 days of receipt of your application. Check with the ISC for an estimate for current processing times.
Call the International Student Center at (206) 296-6260 if you have any questions about practical training. If you would like assistance with resume writing, interview skills, or other job search strategies, please contact Career Services or the Albers Placement Center on campus.