Working as an International Student

International students are eligible to work in the U.S. with certain restrictions. Authorized employment options include:

Employment

Requires work authorization Employment consists of providing services or labor for an employer for wages or other forms of compensation.

Internship

Requires work authorization Internships, both paid and unpaid, are primarily offered by the private sector and related to the intern’s major field of study.

Volunteering

Does not require work authorization Volunteering refers to donating time with an organization whose primary purpose is charitable or humanitarian in nature, without remuneration or any other type of compensation.

Please note that "other forms of compensation" is very broad and includes a variety of non-monetary benefits, such as free housing, food, gifts, etc.

Requirements and authorization process

The requirements and authorization process depends upon the type of employment and your visa.

On-Campus Employment F-1 Off-Campus Employment J-1 Off-Campus Employment Severe Economic Hardship

Your responsibility: know the rules

It is your responsibility to research and understand your work eligibility. It is generally not the job of CSUMB staff outside of the International Programs Office to thoroughly know the immigration regulations. It is possible you will be offered employment that you are not eligible to accept or for your employment eligibility to expire without your payroll coordinator notifying you. Be sure to review all information provided by the International Programs Office and consult a DSO if you have any concerns or questions.

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