UMD: A Globally Connected University
F-1 students who have been offered employment with an International Organization such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, or the United Nations, may apply for special employment permission from USCIS. Students may work part-time (20 hours per week) while school is in session and full-time during vacation periods, provided they will continue their studies in the following semester. Work permission with an International Organization does not reduce the amount of curricular or optional practical training one can use. *Note: Students cannot participate during the school year if they already have an assistantship or other on-campus employment equaling 20 hours per week.
Please see the following link for a list of Recognized International Organizations.
- Obtain a written offer of employment from the international organization. The letter should be on the organization's letterhead and specify:
- the start and end dates of employment
- number of hours per week
- address of the work place
- who will supervise the student
- amount of compensation
- Make an appointment with an ISSS advisor after the workshop. At this visit, the advisor will check your eligibility, review the paperwork, issue documents, and put the application package together. You should make an appointment to see an advisor after you have gathered all the required papers (see Application Packet section). Please call ISSS to make an appointment at (301) 314-7740.
- At your appointment with the ISSS advisor, you will receive a new I-20 that shows your request for employment authorization. After your appointment, you can mail the entire packet (by certified or return receipt mail) to the Service Center.
Mail your application to USCIS Chicago Lockbox:
U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
P.O. Box 805373
Chicago, IL 60680
FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
Attn: I-765 C03
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
The Application Packet (to be sent to USCIS)
- A personal check or money order made out to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” for $410.
- Two color passport photos (2"x2", write name and SEVIS number on back of both photos; must be taken within 30 days)*
- The original Form I-765 (completed in blue or black ink). Question 27 should be marked as (c)(3)(ii).
- A photocopy of the SEVIS form I-20 requesting employment with the international organization.
- Photocopies of all previously issued I-20s (SEVIS I-20s pages 1&3, non-SEVIS I-20s pages 3&4)
- A photocopy of your passport number/photo/expiration date page(s)
- A photocopy of the I-94 card, front and back (make sure the stamp on the front shows up clearly in the photocopy), or the electronic I-94 printout
- A photocopy of your most current F-1 visa
- The offer of employment from the international organization.
*Note: Photos that do not meet the specifications will be rejected and will result in delays. ISSS recommends Campus Photographic Services located on 5201 Paint Branch Parkway, Suite 1117 (in the Patapsco building near the College Park metro station). Their phone number is (301) 405-0577. Hint: Do not wear white.
Before sending your application, be sure to write "Employment with an International Organization" in the lower left-hand corner of the envelope to ensure it gets to the correct department.
An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will be mailed to the address provided on the form I-765. Processing times erratically vary for the EAD; however, USCIS is allowed 90 days to process any application. Contact ISSS if you have questions or do not receive a Receipt Notice from USCIS within a month of sending off your application, or if you experience delays beyond 90 days of USCIS's last correspondence. You may begin working only after receiving the EAD from USCIS and the start date on the EAD card is effective.