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International Students

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.

On-Campus Employment

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.

CPT Employment