The primary purpose of F-1 and J-1 student status is to allow international students to pursue an educational objective in the United States. Employment in F-1 and J-1 student status should not be necessary since students have previously provided proof of all the financial support needed to both the university and to the U.S. consular official. Therefore, employment of F-1 and J-1 students is restricted in order to ensure that an international student's focus remains on his or her studies. On the other hand, some students will find an employment experience to be beneficial in order to gain social or cultural exposure. When researching employment opportunities, students should consider these restrictions and consult with an international student advisor to ensure that the work under consideration is permitted within the parameters of the non-immigrant status.
The navigation bar on the left side of this page provides information about the available types of work authorizations for F-1 and J-1 students.