Employment while in the U.S.
Work options are a benefit of the F-1 visa. There are rules for each of the employment options. Failure to follow the rules or working illegally means that you will be out of status and must be reinstated.
F-1 students do not need USCIS permission to accept employment on-campus. However, the employment must meet the criteria stated below and also shown on the USCIS website. Prior to engaging in on-campus employment, you are required to contact the Registrar.
- You can work up to 20 hours per week on campus when classes are in session.
- You can work over 20 hours per week on campus during holiday or other designated breaks.
- You are not eligible for "work study" employment.
You are NOT allowed to work off campus without special permission from USCIS. Refer to OPT and CPT information for additional details.