On-Campus Employment

1. F-1 students

F-1 students are permitted to work part-time on premises of the school that issued their currently valid I-20, while they are attending that school and maintaining their F-1 status. On-campus employment is "incident to status", and does not require special authorization. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session, but can be full-time during official school breaks. 

IMPORTANT: full-time AI (Assistant in Instruction) or AR (Assistant in Research) appointments are considered to be equivalent to 20 hours per week; therefore, students holding them are not eligible for any additional on-campus employment. 

2. J-1 students

J-1 students are permitted to work part time on the premises of the school that issued their currently valid DS-2019, while they are attending school and maintaining their J-1 status.On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session, but can be full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during official school breaks.

IMPORTANT: Full-time AI (Assistant in Instruction) or AR (Assistant in Research) appointments are considered to be equivalent to 20 hours per week; therefore, students holding them are not eligible for any additional on-campus employment. 

J-1 students MUST HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL from their international student advisor at Davis IC in order to work on campus. If your DS-2019 is issued by Princeton University, you must contact the Davis International Center to request on-campus employment permission. To request employment permission, please submit the following information to puvisa@princeton.edu:

Your last name:
Your first name:
Employer's name (e.g., Physics Department):                            
Employer's address (e.g., Jadwin Hall): 
Job title (e.g. Assistant in Instruction):
Employment start date:
Employment end date:
Number of work hours per week:
NOTE: If your DS-2019 is issued by another organization (e.g., IIE), please contact that organization for information about employment authorization.

3. Types of On-Campus Employment

F-1/J-1 students at Princeton are permitted the following types of on-campus employment:

  • Employment by Princeton
    Work performed on campus in an academic department, the library, the computer center, housing office or other university office is acceptable. Work required by a scholarship, a fellowship, or an assistantship is also acceptable. Graduate students should note, however, that employment (other than an assistantship) is considered incompatible with full-time graduate studies. If graduate students and their departments judge that part-time employment is both manageable and necessary, the student may be employed on campus. 
  • Other Employment on Princeton Premises
    Work performed on campus (on Princeton's premises) for an outside contractor or firm may be considered on-campus employment ONLY if the employer provides direct services (bookstore, dining services, etc.) to students. The regulations state that employment with on-site commercial firms, such as a construction company building a school building, which do not provide direct student services is not deemed on-campus employment.
  • On-campus Employment at an Off-Campus Location 
    PhD Students who are joining their academic advisor who is moving to another institution may need to be authorized for this type of employment. 

4. Non-Degree Students

  • Visiting Student Research Collaborators (VSRCs)
    As per the Graduate School Policy, a VSRC may at the faculty member's discretion be appointed as an Assistant in Research (AR). A VSRC may not be appointed as an Assistant in Instruction (AI) nor be approved to hold any other kind of employment on or off-campus.
  • Other Graduate Non-Degree Students
    As per the Graduate School Policy, Non-degree Graduate Students may not be appointed as Assistant in Instruction (AI) nor be approved to hold any other kind of employment on or off-campus.
  • Non-degree Undergraduate Exchange Students are eligible for on-campus employment as per the regulatory guidance for their respective visa types in items 1-2 above.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Non-degree students are also subject to the 20 hours per week maximum. They are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session. 

5. Validity of On-Campus Employment Authorization

Your on-campus employment authorization expires:

  • When you graduate, even if your I-20/DS-2019 expiration date is in the future.
  • When your I-20/DS-2019 expires, even if you have not held your FPO yet (if you are a PhD student. If you are an undergraduate or Master's student, your I-20/DS-2019 should be valid until Commencement.) 
  • When you transfer your SEVIS record to another school; your on campus work authorization expires on the day of your SEVIS record release.
  • If you take Leave of Absence; your on campus work authorization expires on the LOA effective date.
  • If you violate F-1/J-1 immigration status.