J-1 Student Employment
J-1 students may be employed on the campus of the school in which they are enrolled to a maximum of 20 hours per week with prior written authorization from the Responsible Officer (RO) of their Designated Program.
- They may only work off-campus under limited circumstances provided they have obtained prior written authorization from the RO. Employment does not require additional permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or an EAD.
- J-1 students are eligible for 18 months of academic training following completion of their program (36 months for postdoctoral training).
J-1 students in good standing are eligible for on-campus employment authorization, and 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. J-1 student status, on-campus employment must be authorized in advance by the J-1 Program Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer of the program that issued the DS-2019 as discussed in the J-1 visa regulations: 22 CFR 62.23(g)(2)
Employment for J-2 Dependent of J-1 Visa Holder
Eligible to apply to DHS for work authorization. Once the EAD is issued by DHS, the J-2 may work for any employer. The employer must re-verify employment authorization after the expiration date on EAD. Employment to be approved cannot be needed for the financial support of the J-1 visa holder. It must be for purposes unrelated to basic support.
For more information, please click this J-2 Work Authorization and make an appointment to see an International Student Counselor. When making your appointment please identify yourself as a J-2 visa holder.