As an international student, it is your responsibility to follow both institutional and federal regulations to avoid losing your F-1 student status and visa. Always contact the Office of International Admissions with any questions or concerns you might have about the following regulations:
Be a full-time student
Carry Health Insurance
Know About Employment
Keep Your Information and Documents Current
Prepare For Traveling and Transitions
This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
F-1 students are eligible for on-campus employment which is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session, and full-time (more than 20 hours/week) ONLY during official school breaks (winter break, spring break, summer vacation). ELI students are not eligible for employment.
**DO NOT begin working until you have received your social security card!**
Please refer to the Student Employment Handbook on the Financial Aid page for more details about the hiring procedures, required paperwork, student responsibilities, etc.
If you need transportation to the Social Security Office, please contact Phyllis Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-471-4805.
Please contact Nilma Stewart at email@example.com for any questions or additional information.
The United States Social Security Administration only processes applications for international students who have been offered a position of employment. Please see Nilma Stewart in the Office of Admissions for information on both the on-campus employment and social security application process.
When applying for a Social Security card, be aware that you will need to take the following with you:
To see the nearest Social Security Office, click here.
For more information on obtaining a Social Security card, visit:
The Department of Safety may issue a temporary driver license to an F-1 student for the length of time the student is authorized to be in the country if the student presents acceptable identification documents, pays required fees, and passes any required tests at the Driver License Service Center. As an F-1 student, you may be eligible to apply for a temporary license if you present the following documents:
Please also see Nilma Stewart in the Office of Admissions to obtain a DSO letter of verification to take with you. To get information on the nearest Driver License Service Station, click here.
For more information on obtaining a Temporary Tennessee License, visit http://www.tn.gov/safety/driverlicense/tdl.shtml.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment option available to F-1 students when the employment is directly related to the major area of study. To be eligible for OPT, you must have maintained legal F-1 status for at least 9 consecutive months or one full academic year. You must not have used full-time CPT for 12 months or more from any previous school. You may apply within 90 days prior to your program end date. It’s very beneficial to attend any OPT workshops that Carson- Newman offers to gain a better understanding of the guidelines of OPT.
There are 2 types of OPT: Pre-completion and Post-completion.
Both types of OPT will be deducted from the same 12-month OPT time limit.
HOURS & LIMITATIONS
Documents needed to apply for OPT:
**Please first notify your DSO that you are beginning the OPT application process to make sure that you have met all of the qualifications.**
Your DSO facilitates the OPT application process, but final authorization is processed by Immigration. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the application is submitted at least two weeks in advance of the program completion date. While you are on OPT you are still considered an F-1 Carson-Newman Student, and therefore must continue to report to your DSO to maintain your status.
International Student Handbook
Before traveling, you must complete the Travel Clearance Form and see your DSO to have your I-20 signed.