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On Campus Employment

Employment is any type of work performed or services provided in exchange for money, tuition, fees, books, supplies, room or for any other benefit or compensation. J-1 students are required to have authorization to work from the J-1 program sponsor (i.e., Stony Brook University) for all types of employment. If employed without proper authorization, the student will have violated his/her J-1 status which may result in losing benefits of J-1 program and jeopardize his/her permission to remain in or reenter the U.S.

J-1 students in good academic standing are eligible to request on-campus employment authorization.  Employment is limited to part-time (<20 hours/week), except for official school breaks (i.e. summer / winter) when the employment can be full-time (>20 hours). As with all employment, authorization must be granted in advance by Visa and Immigration Services.  If authorized, your SEVIS record will be updated and a letter of written authorization provided.

NOTE: Students in J-1 status requiring a social security number (SSN) must provide the Social Security Administration with the letter of authorization from Visa and Immigration Services.


Eligibility for On-Campus Employment:

  • Registered in SEVIS for the current academic term
  • Enrolled full-time and maintaining a sufficient GPA (3.0 or higher for Graduates / 2.0 or higher for Undergraduates)
  • Proposed employment totals no more than 20 hours per week, except during official school breaks
  • Passport will be valid for the next 6 months

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Employment and Volunteering

While the issue of volunteering may seem simple (“I’m not getting paid, therefore I am volunteering”), it is actually a complex area in which immigration regulations and labor laws intersect. If you are interested in volunteering, you must be aware of the relevant regulations so that you and the organization for which you are volunteering do not inadvertently violate any laws and get penalized for unauthorized employment.