All students holding F-1 status are immediately eligible upon obtaining that status to work on campus. Your form I-20 is sufficient proof of eligibility, and no additional authorization is required. You will, however, need to obtain a Social Security Number (for which an offer of employment letter is required.)
The following limitations apply to on-campus employment:
Upon initial entry to begin a new course of study, you may begin on-campus employment no more than 30 days prior to the start of classes.
While school is in session, on-campus employment is limited to no more than 20 hours per week. (On-campus employment may be full time during summer and other vacation periods if you intend to register for the subsequent academic term.)
You may not engage in on-campus employment following completion of your course of study unless you have been issued a new form I-20 for a new program of study that will begin at the next academic term.
If you are transferring to or from Emory, you may only work at the school that controls your SEVIS record.
If you are attending two institutions concurrently, you may only work on the campus of the institution that issued your form I-20 and has jurisdiction over your SEVIS record.
Note: F-1 students are not eligible to work off campus unless specifically authorized to do so. This authorization must be granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through an application to one of its service centers or by DHS through a suspension of its rules known as “special student relief.”