The University of San Francisco: International Student and Scholar Services
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On-Campus Employment

All F-1 degree seeking students may work on campus without prior approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Most J-1 students are also eligible to work on campus, but should verify with ISSS before beginning the job search. Eligible students should take the following steps in seeking on-campus employment:

F-1 On-Campus Employment:

  1. Search for a job on campus, and get a job offer.  See "Find an on-campus job" for more information.
  2. Complete the Work Clearance form at One Stop/Student Employment and give it to your on-campus supervisor.  Once your supervisor has your Work Clearence form you can start working and be paid.
  3. Have your employer complete the Work Authorization form on the ISSS website, and bring it to ISSS for an advisor to sign.  Once you have collected the completed form from ISSS, you are ready to apply for an Social Security Number (SSN).  See "How to apply for a Social Security Number" for more information. 

J-1 On-Campus Employment:

  1. Search for a job on campus, and get a job offer.  See "Find an on-campus job" for more information.
  2. Complete the Work Clearance form at One Stop/Student Employment and give it to your on-campus supervisor.  Have your employer complete the Work Authorization form from the ISSS "How to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN), and bring both the Work Clearance and the Work Authorization form to ISSS for an advisor to sign.  
  3. Once you have collected the completed forms from ISSS, you need to give the signed Work Clearance form to One Stop/Student Employment.  You cannot begin working on-campus until you have completed the Work Clearance process with ISSS and Student Employment.  Use the letter that ISSS wrote for you, to apply for an SSN.

Students may work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) on campus while classes are in session. Student assistantships are considered on-campus employment and are also limited to 20 hours per week. During vacation periods and academic breaks, students may work on campus full-time (over 20 hours per week) if enrolling in classes the following term.  The following resources will help you in your job search and in applying for a Social Security Number:

Find an on-campus job

Help with resume writing and interviewing skills

How to apply for a Social Security Number

Jobs are sometimes prioritized for “Work Study” students; international students are not eligible for Work Study designation since the program is funded through the United States government.