F1 Visa Employment Regulations

This page reviews the employment regulations of the F1 student visa.

Please consult with a Designated School Official (DSO) before applying for or accepting any kind of off-campus position.

Can I Work on an F1 Student Visa?

Yes! Per the federal regulations, F1 visa holders can work on-campus up to 20 hours per week during the semester. During official university breaks, F1 visa holders can work on-campus up to 40 hours per week.

Off-campus work is strictly prohibited on the F1 student visa.

What is Employment for Immigration Purposes?

The federal goverment has very strict rules about working while on an F1 student visa. Unauthorized employment in the United States has serious consequences, such as termination of your F1 visa status.

When in doubt, please consult with a DSO BEFORE doing anything. We can help answer specific questions and can provide guidance on best practices.

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On-Campus Employment

What is On-Campus Employment?  
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Off-Campus Employment

What is Off-Campus Employment?  


Please visit the CPT website for information on internships BEFORE applying for an internship position.

Employment After Graduation

Please visit the Initial OPT website for information on employment after graduation.