Employment Options

Students applying for off-campus employment or practical training must attend the Employment/Practical Training Workshop, read the On-line Guide to Employment/Practical Training , or make an individual appointment with an ISSS advisor BEFORE receiving the complete application packet/checklist and the appropriate benefit approval/recommendation.
Employment under the F-1/J-1 visa status should not interfere with making normal progress towards completing the program of study. Students must be in valid F-1/J-1 status to be eligible for any type of F-1/J-1 employment. A  social security number  is required for all forms of employment. Approval for any type of employment or practical training must be obtained BEFORE starting employment. The following information will explain different aspects of employment. 
OPT   (Optional Practical Training)
CPT   (Curricular Practical Training)

On-Campus Employment:

  • "On-campus employment must either be performed on the school's premises, (including on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as the school bookstore or cafeteria), or at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the school. Employment with on-site commercial firms, such as a construction company building a school building, which do not provide direct student services is not deemed on-campus employment for the purposes of this paragraph. In the case of off-campus locations, the educational affiliation must be associated with the school's established curriculum or related to contractually funded research projects at the postgraduate level."(8 C.F.R. 214.2(f) (9) (i)

    Here are  Tips to find an On-Campus Employment .

  • Employment for those of F-1/J-1 status does not require special permission from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). 

  • Employment is limited to 20 hours per week when school is in session. Students may work at more than one campus location, but the total number of hours may not exceed 20 hours per week. Working more than 20 hours per week on campus is allowed only during regular school breaks (winter & spring breaks) and during the summer term (continuing students only). The summer term is considered the official annual vacation for F-1 student enrollment purposes. Students who begin a new program in the summer term are not eligible for annual vacation until the next summer. On-campus employment cannot interfere with making normal progress towards completing the program of study. Students are expected to follow college/departmental policies and Human Resources/Student Employment policies regarding on-campus employment.
  • Newly arrived students who entered the U.S. in initial SEVIS status and transfer students from other institutions within the U.S. may begin on-campus employment no more than 30 days prior to the first day of classes. Students planning to transfer from FAU to another institution may work at FAU until their SEVIS transfer release date.

  • Students currently enrolled at more than one institution can only work on-campus at the institution holding their SEVIS records.

    Students securing an on-campus job must report to the  Student Employment Office  to complete necessary paperwork and orientations.

Off-Campus Employment- Requires Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from USCIS

Unforeseen Economic Hardship:

  • Students must meet with an ISSS advisor to discuss eligibility criteria for this category

  • Students must have maintained F-1 status for at least one full academic year (two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment)

  • Is designed for off-campus employment due to circumstances that arose after obtaining F-1 status

  • Is granted by USCIS in one-year increments or until the program end-date, whichever is shorter

  • Is terminated upon transferring schools

  • Is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session and may exceed 20 hours per week during official school breaks

How to obtain a Social Security Card:

Students newly arrived in the U.S. must wait at least 10 days prior to requesting a social security number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration office. During the 10-day period, students must complete check-in with ISSS; clear registration holds and register for classes; obtain a departmental memo confirming employment (addressed to ISSS); and obtain the ISSS support letter for the Social Security Administration office.

Current students who traveled abroad and recently returned to the U.S. should also wait 10 days after date of entry to apply for the Social Security Number.

If you have been offered employment, you need to apply for a  Social Security Card; for directions to the local SSA office in Boca Campus click  here; for directions to the local SSA office in Jupiter Campus click  here; for directions to the local SSA office in Davie Campus click  here.