New York University enrolls over 17,000 international students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Most of these international students entered the United States with student visas, allowing them to pursue full-time study, often complemented by employment in their field of study.

In addition to their quality education at New York University, international students often offer multilingual and multicultural skills, making them attractive employees in the global workplace. Hiring international students enhances your company’s pool of diverse, skilled talent in a rapidly growing job market.


(CPT with F-1 Status)


Details and Duration:

  • For part- or full-time internships (20+ hours a week)
  • Authorized by NYU
  • Work must be related to the major/field of study, count toward degree requirements and occur before a student completes their academic program
  • Students are eligible after they complete two semesters or one full academic year of their program

Student Requirements:

Begin the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) application process 1-2 weeks before internship begins.

Employer Requirements:

Provide an offer Letter.


  • For students: Cost is included in NYU tuition/fees
  • For employers: None

Full-Time Employment

(OPT with F-1 Status)


Details and Duration

  • Work does not have to count toward degree requirements 
  • Work must be related to the major/field of study
  • Authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) based on a recommendation from designated school officials at NYU
  • Students can work up to 12 months at 20+ hours per week*  
  • Students are eligible if they’ve completed two semesters or one full academic year and have completed their academic program

*Students may be eligible to extend OPT for an additional 24 months if they are a STEM major

Student Requirements

Begin the Optional Practical Training (OPT) application process at least 90-120 days before anticipated start of employment

Employer Requirements 

None for OPT*

*There are reporting requirements for employers using the OPT STEM extension


  • For students: $410 application fee (paid to government)
  • For employers: None

Full-Time Employment

(Company sponsored H1-B Status)


Details and Duration

  • Valid for three years and can be extended for an additional three years for a total of 6 years
  • Work must be related to major/field of study

Student Requirements

Students cannot apply on their own or sponsor. They must work with an employer to provide documents required for visa sponsorship

Employer Requirements 

Must follow easy steps toward H1-B sponsorship. Visit the US Citizenship & Immigration Services website to learn more


For employers: Varies between $1K -$5k (not including attorney fees)