Employment with an International Organization

Eligible Visas:
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  • The employment is for an internship with a recognized international organization and is within the scope of the organization's sponsorship.
  • The student is in good academic standing.
  • The employment may constitute up to 20 hours per week when school is in session, or may be full-time during periods of recess.
  • May not be granted after program completion

Application process


Submit the letter of invitation from the International Organization to OISS as early as 90 days before you wish to begin the employment.

Letter from the international organization should include:

  • Description of the internship
  • Dates of employment
  • Place of employment
  • Number of hours/week

OISS will review your request and issue an I-20 with the recommendation for the employment on page 3.  You will be sent an email when your new I-20 is ready.


Send your application with materials below included to USCIS:

  • Copy of the I-20 with your International Organization recommendation (pgs 1-3) from OISS
  • Copy of offer letter from International Organization
  • Completed and signed form I-765. Note answer to question #16 is ( c ) ( 3 ) ( ii )
  • Two recent photos, meeting the specification requirements.
  • Copy of your I-94 card (front and back), your passport I-D and visa pages.
  • A check or U.S. money order made out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for $380.
  • If you reside in Connecticut, send your application by some form of registered receipt mail to the USCIS Lockbox facility below:

    Attn: AOS
    2501 S. State Hwy. 121, Business Suite 400
    Lewisville, TX

    Those with addresses in other states can read the I-765 instructions on where to mail their applications.

    Optional: If you would like to get an email notification that your application has been received at the Lockbox facility, complete the form G-1145 and submit with the rest of your application materials.

*Time approved by USCIS to work for an International Organization will not be deducted from your 12 month period of Optional Practical Training

USCIS Processing

  • Can take up to 90 days
  • Upon receipt of application, immigration will be send you a Notice of Receipt.  This notice will provide you with information to track the progress of your case on line on the USCIS website
  • If approved, you will receive an employment authorization document (EAD card)
  • You may not begin employment, prior to the start date noted on your EAD card and may not work longer than through the end date


Related Links

F-1 Students



Employment Authorization