Important On-Campus Employment Regulations

Friday, Dec 29, 2017

If you are an international student in F-1 or J-1 visa status, please be advised of the following on-campus employment regulations:

F-1 Students:
F-1 students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week on premises of the school that issued their currently valid I-20. On campus employment is incident to F-1 status and does not require special authorization. Employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session, but can be full time during official school breaks. IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: Full-time AI (Assistant in Instruction) or AR (Assistant in Research) appointments are considered to be equivalent to 20 hours per week; therefore, if you are holding full time AI or AR you are not eligible for any additional on-campus or off-campus employment while school is in session. 

J-1 Students:
J-1 students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week on premises of the school that issued their currently valid DS-2019. Employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session, but can be full time during official school breaks. IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: Full-time AI (Assistant in Instruction) or AR (Assistant in Research) appointments are considered to be equivalent to 20 hours per week; therefore, if you are holding full time AI or AR you are not eligible for any additional on-campus or off campus employment while school is in session.
J-1 students MUST HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL from the Davis IC in order to work on campus. If your DS-2019 is issued by Princeton University, you must report your on campus employment to Davis IC before you start working. If your DS-2019 was issued by another organization (e.g., IIE), please contact that organization for information regarding employment authorization.

MORE about on-campus employment and acceptable types of on-campus employment.
Questions? Please contact your Davis IC international student advisor

IMPORTANT: Any F-1 or J-1 visa holder who works as little as 15 minutes over the 20 hours permitted during work week while school is in session is in non-compliance with the immigration regulations.  Not complying with these guidelines for on-campus employment is considered as violation of your immigration status and may have negative consequences for your future U.S. immigration benefit applications.

OFF CAMPUS WORK: You must have prior work authorization for any off campus work. For more information about off campus employment, please consult the Davis IC website.