Employment

F-1 and J-1

  • Work is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session.
  • Work required for an assistantship counts toward the 20 hour limit.
  • Work hours may not be averaged to equal 20 hours per week, Example-it is not ok to work 30 hours one week and 10 the next.
  • Work must be on campus.
  • May begin work before obtaining a social security number, but must have the social security number before first paycheck will be issued.
  • During official school breaks work may be full time.
  • The student Employment office in Montgomery Hall maintains a listing of student job openings.
  • www.career.msstate.edu/students

J-1

Must obtain written permission to work from the office that issued the DS-2019 form before beginning work.

Things to consider later for F-1’s

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) - must have been enrolled for at least nine months. Allows off campus work if it is a departmental requirement or recommendation for a course or the degree. Requires adjusted I-20 from the IS office.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Must have been enrolled for at least nine months. Allows off campus work for up to one year if it is related to the degree program. Usually done after the degree program but must apply before graduation. Requires a filing fee and an application to the USCIS service center in Texas. Takes several months to process.

Things to consider later for J-1’s

Academic Training (AT) - allows 18 months of off campus employment if related to field of study. Requires a job offer. Requires advance permission from the office that issued the DS-2019 form.