Students on F-1 visas are ineligible to work off-campus in the United States without prior authorization; this includes any employment that provides any form of compensation (wages, food stipends, travel allowances, housing stipends, etc.). If you ever have any questions, please ask an International Student Adviser.
- Academic Training - Students with J-1 visas are eligible for employment directly related to their field of study at any time during their program, or commencing within 30 days of completion of studies. This form of employment is limited to 18 months. J-1 students must receive written approval for academic training from an international student adviser prior to beginning employment.
- Economic Hardship - If an F-1 student has maintained status for at least nine months, experiences economic hardship “due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control”, and cannot secure sufficient employment on campus, s/he may apply to CIS for off-campus employment based on economic hardship. See an International Student Adviser for details.
- Qualified International Organizations - F-1 students may also apply for work with certain recognized international organizations. This work does not count against the one year of practical training. See an International Student Adviser for details