Working Under a Student (F1/J1) Visa

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Is It Possible to Work in the U.S. Under a F1 or J1 Student Visa?

If you are in the United States on a F1 or J1 student visa, it is possible to work under certain limited circumstances.

On Campus Employment

Any international student possessing a F1 or J1 visa may work up to 20 hours per week on the campus of their school while it is in session, or 40 hours per week if the school is on a break.  Although the employment may not displace American workers, proof of non-displacement is not normally required. However, if a job is traditionally held by U.S. workers as opposed to students at the school, proof may be required, but such situations are rare.  

The only requirements to secure on-campus employment are: 

Off Campus Employment

Since 1994, off-campus work is generally prohibited for F1/J1 visa holders.  There are 3 major exceptions to this rule:

Examples of such emergencies include the sudden devaluation of his home currency, medical expenses, or the sudden financial loss of his sponsor.

How Can an Attorney Help?

Trying to work under a student visa is a complicated and dangerous process.  Innocently accepting a part-time job offer at a place you think is "on-campus" but is actually off-campus can result in your immediate deportation.  A skilled immigration attorney will be very familiar with all the various types of student visas, whether you can apply for a work permit, and how to best find the loopholes in the regulations that can allow you to support yourself while studying in the United States.

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Last Modified: 05-21-2014 10:30 AM PDT

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