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On-Campus Employment

Your F-1 student status permits you to work on campus at the university that issued your I-20 while you are enrolled in a full course of study. Your Stony Brook issued I-20 is your proof of work eligibility for on-campus employment at SBU only. You must maintain F-1 status to be eligible for this employment benefit. Maintaining status means that you are a full-time registered student (except for approved exceptions) in good academic standing with a valid I-20.

Definition of “On-Campus” Employment

On-campus employment includes:

1. Employment for SBU

Examples: teaching assistant, research assistant, library student worker, etc.

2. Work performed in a campus location for a commercial firm providing direct services to students.

For example: Starbucks located in the Melville Memorial Library

3. Employment at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with SBU.

For example: Cold Spring Habor Laboratory; Brookhaven National Laboratory

* The educational affiliation must be associated with your academic department's established curriculum or related to contractually funded projects at the post-graduate level, and be an integral part of your educational program. If you are not sure whether the employment opportunity would meet the definition of “on-campus” employment, please meet with your VIS Advisor before engaging in the activity.

Time Limits:
You are allowed to work:

  • Part-time (20 hours per week or less) during the fall and spring semesters
  • Full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during summer and winter breaks

Expiration of On-Campus Employment Eligibility:

Your on-campus employment eligibility ends:

  • When you graduate. It expires the last day of your final term, even if your I-20 expiration date is in the future.
  • If you transfer to another university; your work authorization expires on the day of your SEVIS record release date.
  • If you violate your F-1 status.


Finding Employment On-Campus

Click here to be directed to the Career Center's website where you will find useful resoucres like Handshake (SBU Career Center’s online recruiting database), upcoming career based events/workshops,  mini training webinars, and new student orientation.

* Please note that just because a job is listed on Handshake, that does not necessarily mean it is considered an on-campus job. Please check with your VIS Advisor before engaging in any employment.

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