F-1 On-Campus Employment
All students holding F-1 status are immediately eligible upon obtaining that status to work on campus at the school holding their SEVIS record. The form I-20 is sufficient proof of eligibility, and no additional authorization is required. They 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, on-campus employment may begin 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 for students who are eligible and intend to register for the subsequent academic term.)
- A student may not engage in on-campus employment following completion of a course of study unless the student has been issued a new form I-20 for a new program of study that will begin at the next academic term OR the student has been approved for post-completion Optional Practical Training and has received an offer of a position on the campus that meets the OPT requirements.
- Students transferring to Emory from another school or from Emory to another school may only work at the school that controls the SEVIS record. Transferring students should consult with their Designated School Official before engaging in on-campus employment.
- Students temporarily attending two institutions concurrently may only work on the campus of the institution that issued the form I-20 and has jurisdiction over the 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 application to one of its service centers or by DHS through a suspension of its rules known as “special student relief.”