Immigration regulations change or are modified periodically. Please keep in touch with International Student and Scholar Services at the Center for International Education for up-to-date information. Immigration regulations can also be viewed at USCIS.

Visa Options at CCSU

F-1 Students

J-1 Students

J-1 Scholars

H-1B Temporary Workers

Visa Chart

Visa Type Description Study Requirements Employment Restrictions
F-1 Student Visa

Maintain full-time study.

Part-time study only with approval from CIE.

On Campus: Work 20 hours during the semester, 40 hours during vacation.

May participate in CPT (Full time or part time). Authorization is required.

May participate in OPT during or after end of program-apply through USCIS-EAD card required.

Severe Economic Hardship-apply through USCIS-EAD Card required.

F-2 F-1 Dependent

Spouse: Can study part time in any certified program; full time in a vocational or recreational studies, such as hobbies are permitted.

Not permitted to work.

J-1 Exchange Student

Maintain full-time study.

Work 20 hours during the semester, 40 hours during vacation.

May participate in off campus work-Academic Training. Authorization is required.

J-1 Exchange Scholar

Full time research/incidental study.

Options are limited with prior approval from Responsible Officer (RO).

J-2 Exchange Student Dependent

May engage in part- or full-time study.

Eligible to work - EAD required through USCIS.

B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa

May not begin any ‘Course of Study’ (F/T or P/T) unless approved by USCIS.

Not permitted to work.

H-1B Work Visa

May engage in incidental study

Work only with sponsoring organization

H-4 H-1B Dependent

May engage in full time or part time study

Not permitted to work.

Contact Information

Oluwatoyin Awoderu
Associate Director
International Student & Scholar Services
Associate Director
Center for International Education
Henry Barnard Hall