Am I allowed to work On-Campus? (International Student)

Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, an F-1 student may accept employment at the institution he or she is authorized to attend without prior approval from DHS, provided the student is enrolled in a full course of study.

Some essential elements:
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No USCIS approval is required for on-campus employment if the F-1 student is pursuing a full course of study.
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On-campus employment is defined as employment on the school’s premises, but it can be with an on-location commercial firm providing on-campus services for the school’s students. On-campus employment at the graduate level can also be at an off-campus location educationally affiliated with the school.
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Employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session; full-time employment is permitted during official school breaks (i.e., when school is not in session) and during the student’s annual vacation.
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The student must be pursuing a full course of study, or, if employed during annual vacation, intend to register for the next academic term at the school.
-Employment may begin no sooner than 30 days prior to the start of classes for new students with initial entry to a new program.
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Transfer student employment can only occur at the school responsible for the student’s SEVIS record. However, before the release date, he/she can only work at the transfer-out school; after the release date, he/she can only work at the transfer-in school.
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Authorization for employment is based on the end date on Form I-20 unless the student completes or terminates his/her program before that date or transfers to another school.
-Mexican and Canadian part-time border commuter students are not permitted to work on-campus. Regular F-1 Mexican and Canadian students are eligible for on-campus employment like any other F-1 student.

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