F-1 students do not need authorization from the Office of International Services (OIS) in order to engage in on-campus employment. However, there are some conditions that must be met in order for the student to maintain his or her status, and in order for the University to legally employ an international student.
On-campus employment means simply that you are paid by Indiana University Bloomington, and the work must occur on the premises of Indiana University Bloomington, and you may be employed in a student hourly position or an assistantship. Students who wish to work on any IU campus other than Bloomington should send an email to the Office of International Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 812-855-9086 to make an appointment with an international student advisor to discuss this in advance of accepting any employment.
These are the conditions under which a student in F-1 status may work on campus:
- The student is enrolled full-time (click here for more information).
- The student is not working more than 20 hours per week* during the Fall or Spring Semesters.
- The student may work full-time only during official university breaks (Summer break, Winter break, and Spring break).
* This means 20 hours per week total for all on-campus jobs combined. In other words, you may work one job at 15 hours per week plus one job at 5 hours per week, but you may not work one job at 15 hours a week plus one job at 10 hours per week (as this would equal 25 hours per week total).
Make sure that you are enrolled full-time and do not work more than 20 hours per week during the semester.
If you wish to work more than 20 hours per week, you will need to make an appointment with an advisor at the OIS to discuss your options, before you take on the additional hours.
If you are completing your degree requirements, you may not work on campus past the end of your final semester. However, you may wish to apply for OPT in order to work off-campus after graduation.
If you are leaving IU to transfer to another university and are not completing your degree requirements, you may have the option of continuing your on-campus employment for a short time beyond the end the semester. Please schedule an appointment with an advisor at OIS to discuss your options.
Make sure that the applicant is a full-time F-1 student (verify in PeopleSoft) and do not offer more than 20 hours per week.
The spouses and children of F-1 students (F-2 dependents) are not eligible to work.
Questions regarding on-campus employment for international students may be directed to:
The Office of International Services
400 E 7th Street Via phone (855-9086)
Via email (email@example.com).