This page explains the requirements for on-campus employment for F-1 and J-1 visa students. On-campus employment can take the form of a job in an academic or administrative department (undergraduates or graduate students) and/or graduate assistantships. International students (F-1, J-1, etc.) are not eligible for on-campus "work-study" employment, which is sponsored by the U.S. Federal Government.
Unless you are a graduate student with an assistantship, you are responsible for finding your own on-campus job. Please visit the Student Employment Office for further information about that process. On-campus employment is limited to no more than 20 hours per week while school is in session but may be full time during vacations, semester break, and summer.
F-1 visa students
On-campus employment is allowed during F-1 status and does not require special permission. So long as you remain in valid F-1 status, you may work on campus. The paperwork required below should be used to apply for a Social Security Number.
- You must be in good academic standing and remain enrolled full-time in your program of study
- You must have a job offer
- You must complete the F-1 job offer form and bring it to the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) for signature before beginning the Social Security Number application process.
Some pre-degree F-1 students in special programs such as the Navitas program are eligible to work only after they have completed the Navitas program requirements and matriculated into their degree programs.
J-1 visa students
If your J-1 visa is sponsored by an outside agency such as Fulbright, contact the Responsible Officer (RO) at your sponsoring agency for the required work permissions. You do not need to demonstrate unforeseen economic necessity to receive this permission.
On-campus employment is allowed during J-1 status and requires permission of the Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the University J-1 program. The paperwork required below should be used to obtain permission to work and to apply for a Social Security Number. If you already have a Social Security Number (SSN) from a previous stay in the U.S., you will not have to reapply and can skip that step. You must still prepare the J-1 Student Authorization form.
- You must be in good academic standing and remain full-time in your program of study.
- You must provide proof of an offer of employment by obtaining a Hiring Form from the department where you have been offered work.
- Complete the J-1 Student Employment Authorization letter; then
- Bring the Hiring Form and J-1 Student Employment Authorization form to the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC)
- If you need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN),
- Also prepare and bring this J-1 Student Soc. Security Letter for signature by the ISSC to be used at the Social Security Office.
Important information for both visa types
- You will need to apply for and receive a Social Security Number from the U.S. Social Security Administration in order to work at the University. Information about obtaining a Social Security Number is available at the International Student & Scholar Center and at the ISSC website; you may also visit the link below.
- The information collected by Customs and Border Patrol as you entered the U.S. is transmitted electronically to the Social Security Administration and will be reviewed with your application.
- You must be registered with SEVIS by the ISSC before you apply for a social security number.
- You may not work after your F-1 or J-1 program is complete (for example, upon graduation, at the end of an authorized employment period such as post completion OPT or Academic Training, or completion of an exchange program).
Employment Eligibility for Dependents
Dependents of F-1 visa holders, who hold the F-2 visa, may not work.
Dependents of J-1 visa holders, who hold the J-2 visa, may work in some circumstances, by application through the ISSC and approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please consult the ISSC for help. (See also J-1 Family Information.)
- If the employment approval is granted, the J-2 family member will need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN). See information about how to obtain a Social Security Number in the section above.