On-Campus Employment

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Many international students are allowed to be employed in the U.S. under the following guidelines:

  • Maintain your visa status - including maintaining a full-time course of study.
  • Limit campus employment to a maximum of twenty (20) hours per week while school is in session. You may work full time (37.5 hours per week) when school is not in session.
  • Never work off-campus without permission from CIE.

A work referral must be obtained from the Center for International Education. Bring with you the following documents:

  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • I-94 card
  • Passport

J-1 Visa holders must obtain permission from their sponsor to work on campus. If SIU is your immigration sponsor, you can come into CIE and the work referral will serve as your permission to work. If you sponsor is not SIU but another agency like IIE, CAPES, AMIDEAST, et cetera, then you will need to get permission from that agency to work, and then come to CIE for a work referral.

Graduate assistants (GAs), Teaching Assistants (TAs), and Resident Assistants (RAs) will need a Visa Status Verification Form in order to work at the position they have been offered, which can be obtained at CIE. Bring with you:

  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • I-94 card
  • Passport

Academic Training (AT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) require authorization from CIE and USCIS. Please consult an immigration officer at CIE for information on how to apply to these programs.

Internships require authorization, including those which count for academic credit.