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On Campus Employment for F and J Students

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for on-campus employment you must be enrolled in a full course of study and remain enrolled full-time. You are eligible for on-campus work as early as your first quarter at Stanford. Students may work "on campus" up to 20 hours per week when school is in session and full-time (more than 20 hours a week) during holiday and vacation periods.

You may be employed full-time during holidays and vacation periods, including summer vacations, provided you are eligible and intend to register for the next school term.

If you pursue on-campus employment, and do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), you must apply for a Social Security Number in a timely manner.

Note: Students on fellowships and assistantships may not qualify for additional on-campus employment if it exceeds the 50% assistantship or if the fellowship has employment limitations. Please check with your department.

F-1 Students

For F-1 students, no employment authorization is required for on-campus employment from either Bechtel International Center or USCIS.

A new F-1 student who has been issued an initial form I-20 may work up to, but no more, than 30 days prior to the commencement of classes.

J-1 Students

A recent FAQ from the Department of State Bureau of Educational Exchange Visitor Program states that “a fully or predominantly virtual exchange program is not permitted.”  So, please be aware that fully remote employment, which includes on-campus employment and Academic Training remotely is not permitted.
The FAQ does state that limited hybrid option is available to “College/University Student (Academic Training and Student Intern).”
More detailed information can be found HERE, under the section “CURRENT PROGRAMS (Updated 4/22/22)”  listed in “FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Updated on 04/22/2022).”

J-1 students must apply for employment authorization with their sponsoring agency.  This applies to both on-campus and off-campus employment. If Stanford has issued your DS-2019, please submit the on-line application in Bechtel Connect. You must submit this 10 days before your employment start date. Contact your sponsoring agency if Stanford is not your J-1 sponsor.

Jobs Which Qualify as "On-Campus Employment"

  1. Employment by Stanford University which generates a Stanford paycheck.
  2. Employment on Stanford campus as long as the employer provides direct services to students. For example, the Bookstore or Jamba Juice, both of which provide direct services to students
  3. Certain Off-Campus Employment where there is an official educational relationship between Stanford and the off-campus employer. Please get prior approval from Bechtel International Center before working at an off-campus location that is educationally affiliated with Stanford

One way to determine if your employment is truly on-campus is to verify if you will be receiving a paycheck from Stanford. If you are not clear about whether your employment meets on-campus employment requirements, please contact us.