Overview for F-1 Students

The United States has very strict rules regarding the ability of foreign nationals to work in the United States.  Working without the appropriate authorization is considered illegal employment.   Immigration regulations require that all unauthorized employment be reported, so it is essential for international students to understand how employment rules pertain to them.

There are different kinds of employment options available to F-1 students in lawful status. Questions about employment eligibility should be directed to staff in ISS only.  Anyone who works will be required to apply for a Social Security Number (link to SSN handout).