International students on F-1 and J-1 visas may only work on or off campus within the employment rules authorized by your visa.
International students with F-1 visas may work on-campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic year without obtaining special authorization from ISSS. International students with J-1 visas may also work on-campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic year, but must first obtain written authorization from ISSS before starting your work.
Both the F-1 and J-1 visas provide opportunities to gain experience in your field of study through internships and practical training eligible for OPT, CPT and Academic Training authorization. Both visas may also provide the opportunity to work off-campus in the event of severe, unexpected economic hardship. These employment categories require special authorization from ISSS, and in some cases, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Students who have paid employment must apply for a Social Security Number in order to meet tax filing requirements.