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Familiarize yourself with the Department of Homeland Security’s employment rules. Failure to comply can result in serious consequences such as termination of your F-1/J-1 Status and deportation.  

F-1 Employment 

F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year, but may accept on-campus employment by meeting the following conditions:

  • Work up to 20 hours per week
  • Be enrolled full time
  • Have valid documentation. (Visit with an international student advisor regarding letter of employment and applying for a Social Security Card.)

After the first academic year, F-1 students may engage in three types of off-campus employment:

Optional Practical training may be authorized to an F-1 student who has been lawfully enrolled on a full time basis for one full academic year at a college, university, conservatory, or seminary that has been certified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll F-1 students.  The “one full academic year” requirement may be satisfied while in another nonimmigrant category, not just while in F-1 status.  Students may participate in OPT both before and after completing their studies. However, all periods of pre-completion OPT will be deducted from the available period of post-completion OPT.

Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for details about STEM extension OPT

J-1 Employment 

If your DS-2019 was issued by Tarleton State University, then your ability to work on campus is the same as that of a F-1 student. However, if your DS-2019 is issued by another agency, then there must be written authorization from the program sponsor allowing you to work on the Tarleton campus. 

Finding a Job

  • Hire a Texan on the Career Services website is the overall job application service for Tarleton State University. As an international student, you should only look for jobs that are for 20 hours per week or less.
  • Visit your academic department and inquire about any job openings.
  • Ask about job openings at the following offices on campus:
    • REC Center
    • Computer Laboratories
    • Dick Smith Library