International Student Services
An F-1 student may accept employment at the institution he or she is authorized to attend without prior approval from USCIS. On-campus employment primarily means work performed on the school's premises. It includes employment with on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as the school bookstore or cafeteria. It does not include employment on the school's premises for a commercial firm that is not providing on-campus services for students, for example, at a construction site for a new school building.
It may also include work at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the school. In the case of off-campus locations, the educational affiliation must be associated with the school's established curriculum or related to contractually-funded project at the post-graduate level. The employment must be an integral part of the student's educational program. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session. Such employment may be full-time during vacation periods for students who are eligible and intend to register for the subsequent academic term.
On-campus employment over the intervening summer is not permitted after completion of a course or courses of study (except employment authorized for practical training) unless the student has been issued a Form I-20 A/B to begin a new program. If the new Form I-20 A/B is from a different school, the student may engage in on-campus work on the campus of the new school before classes begin or on campus of the old school until the new school's classes begin.
Additional information about on-campus employment can be found on the Student Employment Services website.
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