F-1 status allows an individual to pursue a "full course of study" to achieve specific educational or professional objectives at an approved U.S. academic institution. All F-1 students coming to NIH are sponsored by their academic institution and are required to have work authorization.
F-1 students can be eligible for all Non-FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) and FTE positions.
Typically, F-1 students are eligible to extend their F-1 status for the timeframe necessary to complete their degree requirements. Eligible F-1 students can extend their F-1 stay by applying for additional practical training.
Students must consult with their academic institution’s Designated School Official (DSO) to determine F-1 work authorization eligibility. Common types of F-1 work authorization are: