Post-Completion OPT Employment Types
Wondering what kind of job you can have while on post-completion OPT? How many jobs you can have? How many hours you can work?
The main things to remember are that all OPT employment must be in a job that is related to your degree program AND you must work on average at least 20 hours per week. This employment may include any or all of the following (Please note, the information below does not apply to students on STEM OPT):
If you are a musician, other performing artist, or you are doing other creative projects, you may work for multiple short term employers (gigs). You should maintain a list of all gigs, the dates and duration. If requested by the government, you must be prepared to provide evidence showing a list of all gigs.
Work for hire means that an individual performs a service based on a contractual relationship rather than an employment relationship. If requested by the government, you must be prepared to provide evidence showing the duration of the contract periods and the name and address of the contracting company.
Students may work as volunteers or unpaid interns, where this does not violate any labor laws. The work must be at least 20 hours per week for students on post-completion OPT. These students must be able to provide evidence from the employer that you worked at least 20 hours per week during the period of employment.