A J-1 college or university student may engage in part-time
employment other than academic training when the employment
meets certain criteria, and the student meets certain conditions.
J student employment can be authorized by the RO/ARO for the
following types of employment:
- Employment pursuant to the terms of a
scholarship, fellowship, or assistantship ; or
- Employment that occurs on the
premises of the post-secondary accredited
educational institution the visitor is authorized to
- Employment that occurs off-campus
, which is necessary because of serious, urgent, and
unforeseen economic circumstances that have arisen since
acquiring exchange visitor status.
The RO/ARO must authorize the student employment in
advance, before the employment begins. Authorization can be
granted in periods of up to 12 months at a time, although
sponsors are free to grant authorization for shorter
Students in good standing are eligible for on-campus
employment authorization. Employment is limited to 20 hours
a week except for official school breaks and the student's
annual vacation, when it may be full-time. Like all
employment in J-1 student status, on-campus employment must
be authorized in advance by the RO/ARO of the program that
issued the DS-2019.
The RO or ARO must approve the student employment
it begins. If the student's DS-2019 was
issued by a sponsor other than the school (a sponsoring
agency), the sponsoring agency's RO/ARO must provide the
required employment authorization.
To request employment authorization, please fill out the
J-1 Employment Request Form.