EMPLOYMENT FOR STUDENTS IN F-1 STATUS
This page provides an overview of the types of employment authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for students in F-1 Status. SEE CAUTION, ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & CATAGORIES OF F-1 EMPLOYMENT BELOW
CAUTION: Working without authorization is a serious immigration violation. USCIS regulations provide the F-1 student with a variety of employment possibilities. It is important and beneficial for the F-1 student to know in advance the different ways that he or she can legally work. Employment guidelines and advice can be obtained at the Queens College, International Students & Scholars Office, Student Union, Room 327.
ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Employment under F-1 regulations requires the student to maintain legal F-1 Status. Legal F-1 Status means you must do the following:
1 - Have a valid passport.
2 - Have an I-20 from the school currently attending.
3 - Follow procedures for releasing SEVIS I-20 from previous U.S. institution to current school.
4 - Carry a full course of study. You must be registered as an undergraduate for 12 credits or as a graduate
for 9 credits during each semester. If you drop below this number at any time during the semester
you are not maintaining lawful F-1 status. If you are not registered for courses during any semester
you are not maintaining lawful F-1 status.
5 - Refrain from working without employment authorization. Other requirements exist for each type of
F-1 employment. After reviewing, the categories of F-1 employment below, ask an International
Student Advisor about specific requirements for each category or pick-up detailed information at ISSO.