Employment Authorization

First and foremost, never go to work for an employer without having permission! Always check with the Ivanhoe International Center prior to working. If you go to work for someone without having work permission, you are in violation of your F status. If this happens, you lose all benefits associated with Fstatus, including permission to work on campus (assistantships, on-campus jobs). You are not eligible for reinstatement through the immigration service.

If you are in J status, please review the D2L module on J Orientation and Resources.

Current F students visit the D2L module on International Student Resources under Employment Authorization for:

  • campus job
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) application process
    • CPT is defined as being "an integral part of the curriculum" during your academic career, which includes internships.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) application process
    • Optional Practical Training (OPT) is work authorization available to F-1 international students

Students currently on OPT and STEM OPT extension 

OPT Reporting Form

  • Use this form to report a new job, update current job, change of jobs, STEM OPT application, 6 month STEM OPT reporting

OPT/STEM OPT Reporting Requirements 

  • Download and save the form for future use when reporting

EAD Card

  • Once you receive your EAD card, follow the steps in this handout

Travel While on OPT

  • This handout will help you decide if you should travel.

Issues and Problems During OPT/STEM OPT Application Process

  • Here are some common issues and problems during the application process. 

Students applying for STEM OPT:

Contact Us:

Ivanhoe International Center
South Dakota Mines
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Email: International@sdsmt.edu
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883
WhatsApp and Google: 1.605.388.2003
Skype: sdsmt.international

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