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Employment Information

Jobs for International Students
(8 C.F. 214.2 (f)(9)(i))

An F-1 student is allowed to work on-campus 20 hours a week while school is in session.

An F-1 student may, however, work on-campus full-time when school is not in session or during the annual vacation. Note: Chaffey College limits all student employees to a weekly maximum of 35 hours per week during non-academic periods.

To search for an on-campus job, visit the Career Center in MACC-203 or visit the website

Also, you may check with different departments to see if there are jobs available.

New F-1 visa students may not begin on-campus employment more than 30
days prior to the actual start of classes.

Guidelines for On-Campus Employment

Student must bring a letter from the prospective employer concerning the nature of the job, number of work hours, and amount (pay).

Based on the information received, the student will receive a letter of support certifying that the job qualifies as on-campus employment and that the student is in F-1 status for the Social Security Administration.

Student employment record stays on the file.

If student is working more than the hours he/she is eligible or unauthorized work, student's SEVIS record will be terminated for the reason of "Unauthorized Employment."

Off-Campus Work Authorization

An-F1 student may be authorized to work off-campus on a part-time basis in accordance with immigration after having been F1 visa student for one full academic year and provided that the student is in good academic standing as determined by the DSO. Off-campus employment is granted, on a case-by-case basis, only to an F-1 student who can prove that new, unexpected, circumstances have created severe economic hardship. To apply for off-campus job permission through immigration, please make an appointment to meet with the International Student Advisor.

Part-time off campus employment is authorized and limited to no more than twenty hours a week when school is in session.

A student who is granted off-campus employment authorization may work full-time during holidays or school vacation.

The employment authorization is automatically terminated whenever the student fails to maintain status.

Severe Economic Hardship

If on-campus employment is not available, student may request off-campus employment work authorization based upon severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control. These circumstances may include loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault on the part of the student, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, inordinate increase in tuition and /or living costs, unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student's source of support, medical bills, or other substantial and unexpected expenses.


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