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Work Permission: On-Campus Employment (F-1 and J-1)
As long as you are a full-time student in your university, you can work at
an on-campus job without any authorization from the Immigration and Naturalization
Service (INS). On-campus employment includes jobs in the library, in academic
departments, or in administrative offices, among other things. These jobs are
equivalent to a student fellowship, assistantship grant, or post-doctoral research
for which the student is paid directly by the school.
Recently, the INS expanded its definition of on-campus employment to
include off-campus locations, when they are educationally affiliated with the
curriculum, and contract-based educational affiliations (this is more relevant
for graduate students). For example, your professor may receive funding support
from a company and hire you to assist in his or her research, which is therefore
directly related to your studies.
- You may not work more than 20 hours per week.
- You must be taking full-time course work (or the equivalent).
- You are allowed to work full-time during summer vacations or
school breaks if you are registered for the next semester or quarter.
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