Off-Campus Work

All F-1 international students arrive at Berea College having agreed to certain non-negotiable conditions imposed by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Student and Exchange Visitor Program. Among the restrictions associated with enrollment is that F-1 students must not work off-campus without prior authorization. While there are some opportunities for international students to work off-campus while enrolled, unless that work qualifies under the clearly articulated rubrics of Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT), participation places a student out of F-1 visa status which is a serious violation and means they can no longer remain enrolled and should leave the United States immediately. Both processes for legal work authorization are simple and straightforward for the student to follow.

Note: It is not permissible to compensate international students for casual jobs such as house cleaning, babysitting, yard work, tutoring, etc. These are specific examples of the sort of off-campus work that violates the conditions of enrollment for international students.