To be eligible for employment J-1 students must submit proof of full-time registration and good academic standing. Prior to beginning employment, obtain advance approval in writing from your J-1 Responsible/Alternate Responsible Officer (RO/ARO).
If authorized, you may work on campus a total of 20 hours per week while school is in session and full-time during official school breaks and vacation periods, including summer vacations.
Social Security Number
Once you are employed, you will need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) with the local Social Security Administration. Review Social Security Instructions for J-1 Students.
Note of Caution: J-1 students are eligible for a variety of work opportunities in the United States, but employment without proper authorization is a serious status violation. Before beginning any employment, you must first consult with your advisor in 214 Bradley Hall for written approval.
NOTE: After completing a program of study, you may not be employed unless you have been granted employment authorization for Academic Training by the Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) who issued your DS-2019.
Submit to 214 Bradley Hall:
Off-Campus Employment for Unforeseen Economic Need
Authorization is given only when it is deemed necessary because of serious, urgent, and unforeseen economic circumstances which have arisen after acquiring J-1 status. Submit the following to 214 Bradley Hall:
Academic Training Employment
Academic Training is paid or unpaid work, training or experience related to the major field of study while you are pursuing a program of study or after completion of your program. The total training period may not exceed the amount of time spent in the full course of study: maximum of 18 months for bachelor's degree and master's degree: 36 months for doctoral students. For computation of Academic Training, part-time is counted as full-time.
Employment is employer specific, so any change in employment requires a new recommendation from the Advisor/DGS and a new authorization from your advisor in 214 Bradley Hall.
NOTE: Students who are subject to the Two-Year Home Country Residency Requirement (212(e)), see below, and have received a waiver recommendation from the Department of State (DOS) are no longer eligible for an extended DS-2019; however, Academic Training can be given for the period of time indicated in "Box 3" of the current DS-2019.
Submit the following to 214 Bradley Hall:
If you are eligible, a letter of employment authorization with the specific employer and a DS-2019 will be issued to you. Employment may not begin prior to this authorization.
While on Academic Training, a change of status, new address or departure from the United States must be reported to the UKIC Data Manager.