Study & Employment under Other Nonimmigrant Visas

Enrollment Restrictions Guideline for Nonimmigrants

This table below outlines study restrictions for various visa types and intends to serve as a general guideline for USD admission offices/administration. When approval or clarification is needed, please consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars for detail information and restriction. In general, most nonimmigrant visa catergories permit incidental study* (either part-time or full-time basis) while maintaining the primary nonimmigrant status.

Note:

  • Enrollment Requirement for Incidental Study: A letter from the specific visa sponsoring employer clearly indicating 1) duration of status and 2) enrollment in incidental study on a part-time/full-time basis is permitted while maintaining the nonimmgrant status.
  • Border Commuter: For Mexicans who mantain the actual residency in Mexico and commute daily across the border on a part-time basis.
  • Assistantship can only be granted for degree seeking F or J students unless the individual has a valid EAD card (Employment Authorization Document).
  • Important reminder:  The information presented on this page is only for reference, international students or visitors should consult with their visa sponsor or hosting organization for further guidance on incidental study and/or incidental employment.
VISA TYPE STUDY GUIDELINE
Employment Restrictions
A-1/ A-2 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
Please consult with the visa sponsor and present the appropriate documentation if incidental employment is permitted.
A-3 Incidental Study Only Same as above
B-1 Not allowed (casual, recreational classes only) NOT permitted
B-2 Not allowed (casual, recreational classes only) NOT Permitted
WB, WT Not allowed (casual, recreational classes only) NOT Permitted
C-1, C-4 Not allowed NOT Permitted
C-2, C-3 Not allowed NOT Permitted
D-1, D-2 Not allowed No incidental employment
E-1, E-2, E-3 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
Please consult with the visa sponsor and present the appropriate documentation if incidental employment is permitted.
F-1/F-2/ Full-time
*F2: Part-time ONLY *Children: allowed at K-12 level only

F-1 on-campus: permissible with restrictions

F-1 off-campus: limited and authorization will be requiired prior to the start of any employment

F-2: NOT permitted

Border Commuter Part-time only

On-campus: NOT permitted

Off-campus: only CPT and/or OPT with authorization

G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
Please consult with the visa sponsor and present the appropriate documentation if incidental employment is permitted.
G-5 Incidental Study Only Same as above
H-1B Incidental Study Only Same as above
H-1C, H-2A, B, H-3 Incidental Study Only Same as above
H-4 Part/Full-time Same as above
I PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
Same as above
J-1/J-2 STUDENT: Full-time
SCHOLAR: Part-time only (incidental to visit)

Student: permissible but written authorization will be required

Scholar: permissible at the hosting institution

Dependent: EAD card will be required

L-1/L-2 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time

L-1: Please consult with the visa sponsor and present the appropriate documentation if incidental employment is permitted.

L-2: EAD card will be required

M-1/M-2 PRINCIPAL:Full-time
*Spouses: Part-time *Children: Full-time from K-12 only

M-1: EAD card will be required

M-2: NOT permitted

NATO 1-7 Part/Full-time Please consult with the visa sponsor and present the appropriate documentation if incidental employment is permitted.
O-1 Incidental Study Only Same as above
O-2/O-3 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
Same as above
P-1, P-2, P-3 Incidental Study Only Same as above
P-4 Part/Full-time NOT permitted
Q-1, Q-2, Q-3 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time
Please consult with the visa sponsor and present the appropriate documentation if incidental employment is permitted.
R-1/R-2 PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time

R-1: Please consult with the visa sponsor and present the appropriate documentation if incidental employment is permitted.

R-2: NOT permitted

TN/TD PRINCIPAL: Incidental Study Only
DEPENDENTS: Part/Full-time

TN: Please consult with the visa sponsor and present the appropriate documentation if incidental employment is permitted.

TD: NOT permitted