On-Campus and Economic Necessity Employment

On-Campus Employment

  • J-1 students are eligible for¬† on-campus work authorization¬† including employment related to a scholarship or assistantship.
  • The student must be authorized for employment by their Program Sponsor, on form DS-2019, before beginning employment.
  • Employment can be authorized for 12 months at a time.
  • Employment is limited to 20 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters and can be full-time during official school breaks.

Economic Necessity Employment

  • J-1 students are eligible for off-campus employment due to economic necessity that arose due to unforeseen circumstances after they entered the U.S. in J-1 status.
  • The student must be authorized for employment by their Program Sponsor, on form DS-2019, before beginning employment.
  • Employment can be authorized for 12 months at a time.
  • Employment is limited to 20 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters and can be full-time during official school breaks.
  • J-1 student musts submit a letter to explain the circumstances that lead to your economic need. Additionally, you must submit a budget worksheet indicating your monthly/semester financial needs, how much financial support you have and how much you will need to earn by working off campus.

For both work authorizations you must submit the J-1 Student Services Request Form to the ISSO.