About Work Authorization Mapping

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The article will break down the work authorization qualifications in Handshake. 

For Employers, if the job they are posting is located in the U.S., the following work authorization questions will display after they enter their job location on their posting:

  1. ​Would you sponsor a work visa for the right candidate?
    • Employers can check Yes or No
  2. Would you hire international students seeking opportunities in their field of study? (OPT and/or CPT eligible. Note: OPT/CPT requires no immigration sponsorship by an employer.)
    • Employers can check Yes or No

Yes = The student meets work authorization qualifications
No = The student does not meet work authorization qualifications and message they see

Students will see the following questions on their account if they have no work authorization set:


  1. Are you studying in the U.S. as an international student OR do you require sponsorship to work in the United States?  They will be able to check this for yes or leave it blank to indicate no.
    • If they do not check this the student can see all jobs
  2. OPT/CPT eligible?
    • Students will only see this question if they answered yes to the first question or if their work authorization is set to Employment (H-1) Via, L1 Visa, Work Car, Student (F-1) Visa or J-1 Visa (Exchange Program).


Examples of Questions in the student account:

If a student has a work authorization added to their account they will see the following OPT/CPT eligible question

If a student has no work authorization added to their profile they will see the following two questions


Examples of employer qualification selections

Check Located in the US Only

Note: If the job is not located in the U.S., the Work Auth questions will not appear on the job posting at all:

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