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On-campus employment

F-1 students are generally allowed to work on-campus for a limited number of hours per week.

J-1 students must receive on-campus employment authorization from their Exchange Visitor Program Sponsors.

  Number of hours per week (immigration regulation)*
Fall/Spring 20 hours per week
Summer Semester/Winter break 40 hours per week (F-1 students may only work up to 20 hours per week if Summer is their first or final semester)


  • You are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during the Fall or Spring semester. 

  • The official Winter break between the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters is December 12, 2023 to January 7, 2024. 

  • If you have more than one employer, you are only allowed to work for a total of 20 hours per week combined during the semester and 40 hours per week combined during the summer semester/winter break. 

  • You may not average more than 25 hours per week for the year.  This includes all positions (hourly or stipend).

    Please Note: If you are an F-1 student and the Summer semester is your first or final semester, you are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week. 

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for on-campus employment you must:

  • Complete SEVIS New Student Check-in (new students may only work up to 30 days prior to Program Start Date)

  • Maintain your immigration status

    • Maintain full time enrollment.

      •  If you are completing your degree and have less than the required 12 (undergraduate study) or 9 (graduate study) credits remaining to earn your degree, you must have ISSC approval for a Reduced Course Load.

    • NOTE: For on-campus employment during summer semester or winter break, you must be enrolled full-time or have an approved Reduced Course Load for the following Fall or Spring semester.

    • If summer is your final semester, you must be enrolled in summer session. If you are an F-1 student and the summer semester is your final semester, you are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week.

  • For J-1 students, you must receive an on-campus employment authorization from your Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor.

On-campus Employment Requirements

  • Employment must not interfere with full-time study. You cannot work during your class times.

  • You are not allowed to work beyond your degree completion date:

    • Undergraduate student - commencement date. Please refer to ASU’s by viewing the Academic Calendar

    • Graduate student - last day of final academic activity

    • Students who will complete their final course(s) in Summer - last day of summer class

Types of Permitted On-campus Employment

  • Eligible for hourly positions, Research Assistant (RA) and Teaching Assistant (TA) positions

  • Can work for stipend positions however cannot work more than 20 hours per week during Spring and Fall semesters or more than 40 hours per week during the summer semester.

  • Can work for Aramark at ASU Campus Dining, and Follette Bookstore at ASU

  • Not eligible for federal work study positions

You may refer to the ASU Student Employment Job Search to view possible available on-campus positions. For a list of other approved on-campus employers, please see this list

DS-2019 issued by ASU

DS-2019 not issued by ASU

  • Contact your J-1 program sponsor to receive permission to engage in on-campus employment.
  • Email the on-campus employment authorization letter to the ISSC at, so that we can keep it on your record.
  • Make sure to file your U.S. Tax Return by the deadline each year you work.

Getting ready to start a job

For J-1 students who have a DS-2019 issued by ASU, you must submit J-1 On-campus Employment eForm 

For new F-1 or J-1 students, you must complete SEVIS check-in eForm, and receive Continued Attendance I-20 from the ISSC before you can visit Human Resources. 

For job during summer semester or winter breaks, pre-enroll full-time or submit Reduced Course Load eForm to the ISSC (if applicable) for the following fall or spring semester