Yes, F-1 students have full U.S. work authorization as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for up to 12 months post-completion of the MBA program.
J-1 students have full U.S. work authorization for up to 18 months as part of Academic Training (AT) work authorization. Employment must be directly related to the student’s major area of study.
OPT is a temporary employment authorization designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired at Kellogg to a work experience that is directly related to the student’s major area of study.
Most students have a maximum of 12 months of OPT authorization, during which time they may transition to another visa type such as H-1B.
The employer is not responsible for filing any forms or fees. Students can obtain an OPT recommendation from Kellogg's International Student Advisor, then mail the OPT application to USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). Within 4 months, USCIS approves the application and issues an EAD (Employment Authorization Document), a card which indicates the period of OPT.
If applicable, students can apply for F-1 STEM OPT (additional 24 months of work authorization). Kellogg's MMM program (2-year dual MBA and MSDI degree) and the Management Science major are STEM designated. Students in a STEM field are potentially eligible for an additional 24 months of STEM F-1 OPT with an E-Verify employer, which makes them eligible for a potential total of 3 years of work authorization under OPT.
Yes. Certain country-specific long-term working visas offer advantages, such as no quotas and in some cases lower fees and quicker processing. Such visas include:
Other options to the H-1B temporary working visa include: