The H-1B visa is available for professionals who wish to enter the
U.S. to work in a "specialty occupation" job, which requires a
bachelor's degree or its equivalent. The H-1B visa is employer specific.
The New School will not employ foreign nationals sponsored by a third
party. Colleges seeking to sponsor a foreign national under this
visa should contact the General Council's Office for more information.
Please be advised that The New School will not co-sponsor H-1B or any
other working visa.
Employment under F-1 status is limited. F-1 visa holders are allowed
to work for and/or under supervision of the sponsoring institution. F-1
Students cannot work more than 20 hours per week during the fall and
spring semesters. This rule does not apply during summer, winter, and
spring breaks. The New School may not employ F-1 students sponsored
by other academic institutions, except under practical training.
J-1s are a slightly more complex type of visa. Most visas have a
single purpose — for example, the F-1 visa is always a student visa and
the H-1B visa is always a work visa. A foreign national may apply for a
J-1 visa with the intention of studying in a degree program or with
intention of obtaining temporary employment in the United States.
The restrictions applicable to the J-1 visa holder are determined by
the individual's primary purpose, which can be found in the DS-2019
J-1 as a Student
The J-1 will take on the characteristics of the F-1 visa. A foreign
national under a J-1, whose primary purpose is to engage in
educational/learning activities, will follow all rules and regulations
that apply to an F-1 visa holder. This includes eligibility for
practical training and all other employment rules as described
Practical training allows the F-1 student to work outside of the
sponsoring institution. Not all foreign nationals qualify for practical
training. The application and eligibility process for New School
students is handled by International Student and Scholar Services
(ISSS). There are
two types of practical training: Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
and Optional Practical Training (OPT).
An F-1 visa holder may apply for CPT while completing his or her
studies. Approval for CPT must be granted by the sponsoring institution.
When approval is granted, the following information must be present in
the student's I-20: start and end dates for the duration of status and
the company/institution where the student is to engage in practical
An F-1 visa holder may be eligible for OPT upon completion of
studies. Unlike CPT, OPT requires an Employment Authorization Document
(EAD), which is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services once approved. Additionally, a copy of the student's
and a job description from the hiring department/division must also
be included as part of the new hire package.