Type of Employment

Employment Authorized By:

Special Remarks:


Can work up to 20 hours per week during academic session and full time (40 hours per week) during summer or semester breaks.

Academic (Practical) Training

Authorized by Responsible Officer

Must have written employment offer before applying.

Must apply at least 30 days before degree completion (or expiration of DS-2019, whichever is earlier).

Degree program students have 18 months total employment, including work both before and after degree completion.

Non-degree students can work for a maximum time that does not exceed the number of months of enrollment as a non-degree student.

Post-doctorate students are permitted up to 36 months if the training is supervised by an academic institution.


Contact Us

Talk with an immigration advisor:

Phone: +1 (540) 231-8486
Fax: +1 (540) 231-3714
Email: igss@vt.edu

Mailing Address:

International Graduate Student Services
Graduate Life Center
155 Otey St. NW
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Walk-in Advising Hours

Monday Wednesday & Friday
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.