Information for F-1 Students
Work Authorization All F-1 and J-1 students are here on “student” visas and have U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) restrictions on employment. Since the primary purpose in the US is academic and not employment based, the following restrictions apply for On-Campus and Off- Campus employment.
ON CAMPUS: Eligible to work on-campus with the following restrictions:
OFF CAMPUS: To work off-campus students must be pre-authorized by International Student & Scholar Services and Department of Homeland Security. Working before authorization is granted or more than allowable hours a week will result in SEVERE immigration consequences.
F-1 Work Authorization. There are two main types of Off-Campus authorization
J-1 Work Authorization. There is only one type of Off- Campus authorization.
Before the end of your 60 day grace period you can:
Begin a new program at our school or another school
Depart the United States within 60 days after your I-20 expires to your home country or any other country as long as your legally present there.
Apply for OPT, if you are eligible. (See OPT application process)
Immigration status complicates almost every legal violation because a guilty plea, a plea of no contest, or even attending a program for offenders may impact immigration status. Therefore, if you are arrested and facing criminal charges, contact our office immediately, and seek advice from a licensed attorney with expertise in criminal and immigration law.
Children who are born in the U.S. are considered to be U.S. citizens. However, parents who hold non-immigrant visas in the U.S. who apply for federal or state government benefits for maternity expenses or any other government assistance will jeopardize their immigration status.
Public assistance includes food stamps, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, the WIC program, MediCal and Medicaid.
Local welfare offices provide DHS with the names and current addresses of every non-immigrant who applies for public assistance. Acceptance of such benefits, even for a child who is a U.S. citizen, makes your ineligible for any non-immigrant status and is considered a violations of status.