On-Campus Employment Regulations for Students in F-1 Status

The Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has regulations governing on-campus employment for students in F-1 status.

An F-1 student may work on campus if:

  • Valid F-1 status is maintained
  • Employment does not exceed 15 hours per week while school is in session. Students may not work more than 15 hours per week even if they have more than one job.
  • The employment does not take a job away from a U.S. resident 

F-1 students may be employed full time on campus during holidays and vacation periods, provided you intend to register for the next academic semester.

The definition of on-campus employment includes:

  • Work performed on the Manhattan College campus, including that required by a scholarship or assistantship
  • Work for an on-campus employer who has a contract to provide services to students; including Manhattan College Bookstore and Gourmet Dining Services.

F-1 students maintaining lawful status who plan to enroll at a new school for the next academic term may continue on-campus employment at Manhattan College until the reporting date to the new school, or may begin employment at the new school provided that the new school has issued a new form I-20.

In order to apply for on-campus employment, international students must first secure a job offer from a prospective employer.  Be advised that as an international student you are only eligible to be paid with Campus Employment funds, not Work Study funds. Once you have secured a job offer, come to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for additional assistance.