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Employment with an International Organization 

You may apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) If you have an offer from an employer on the List of International Organizations. In case of approval, USCIS will issue an EAD card for one (1) year.


STEP 1: How to Apply for a Form I-20 with a recommendation for employment with an International Organization

In order to request a new Form I-20 with DSO recommendation for employment with an international organization, you must submit the following documents all at once to the International Students Office (ISO) in person:


  1. Photocopy of the job offer letter on company letterhead, signed by your employer verifying:

      • that the employer is on the List of International Organizations

      • employer’s name and complete address (including zip code)

      • supervisor’s name, title, and contact information (email and phone number)

      • employment start date (the employment start date is no less than 14 days from the time that you are offered the job, as we need to have time to process your application)

      • position title and description of how employment is directly related to your primary field of study

  2. A completed Internships with an International Organization Request form-typed and signed

  3. Completed and typed original Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. In Eligibility Category, put (c)(3)(ii) for eligibility code

  4. Form I-765 filing fee. Money order or personal check payable to the US Department of Homeland Security

  5. Completed and typed Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance

  6. Two (2) passport photos (put your name, date of birth, and I-94 # in pencil on back of each photo)

  7. Photocopy of new Form I-20 with a recommendation for employment with an international organization (remember to sign Form I-20)

  8. Photocopies of all previously issued EAD cards (if applicable)

  9. Photocopy of F-1 entry visa stamp in passport (received from US Consulate abroad)

  10. Photocopy of most recent I-94 record (either I-94 paper card - front and back; or PDF retrieved from CBP website)

  11. Photocopy of identity page(s) in passport (which include name, passport number, photo, birth date, and issue/expiration date of passport)


Once you have these documents, schedule an appointment with the DSO and submit your documents. Upon submitting complete documents, the Academic Office and International Students Office will review and notify you of the decision in writing. 


If you are approved, the DSO will issue an updated Form I-20 with a recommendation for employment with an international organization.


STEP 2: Submitting your Application to USCIS

Please note that you need to send your application package to the USCIS within thirty (30) days of Form I-20 issuance.


Check USCIS Mailing Address and Instructions to see where to mail your application package.

We recommend that you mail your application by express mail such as Federal Express or UPS, or by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, so you will have a record of its delivery.


It takes approximately two (2) to four (4) months for USCIS to process your application. If approved, all students are required to submit a copy of their new updated EAD card (front and back), and approval notice, immediately to the ISO.


While working either part-time or full-time for the international organization, you must remain a full-time student and make full-time progress toward degree completion. Time spent working for an international organization does not affect your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Employment authorization is automatically terminated if you fail to maintain status or transfer to another school.


For more information please refer to SEVP website.


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