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 must submit a letter to explain the circumstances that lead to their economic needs and a budget worksheet indicating their monthly/semester financial needs, how much financial support they have and how much they will need to earn by working off campus. Additionally, they must submit one of the following supporting documents:
    • A signed affidavit from sponsors explaining why they can no longer provide financial support.
    • Recent newspaper articles.
    • Medical bills.
    • Recent exchange rate reports

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