Employment is any work performed or services provided including self-employment in exchange for money or other benefits or compensation (i.e. free room and board in exchange for babysitting).

It is imperative that you understand and comply with DHS restrictive employment regulations. Ignorance of the regulations is not and does not excuse a student from the serious ramifications of unauthorized employment which can result in deportation. You must obtain appropriate employment authorization prior to engaging in any type of employment.

On-Campus Employment
F-1 students are eligible for on-campus employment which is limited to no more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session and full-time (more than 20 hours/week) only during official school breaks (winter break, spring break, summer vacation). On-campus employment is “incident to status.” Students not maintaining lawful F-1 status are not eligible for on-campus employment.

Volunteer Employment
To volunteer, the position must be a legitimate, advertised volunteer position, and cannot receive any type of compensation.