J-1 students must obtain prior written authorization from their program sponsor (the institution that issued their SEVIS DS-2019) before they start working on-campus for DePaul University. On-campus employment includes all jobs, assistantships and fellowships. In order for a student to be considered eligible for on-campus employment they must be enrolled as a full-time student and must be in lawful J-1 status.
J-1 students are allowed to work on-campus for the period authorized by their program sponsor assuming they maintain status. Students who finish their exchange program earlier than the end date on their DS-2019 form must stop working on-campus by the last day of classes.
On campus employment for J-1 students is limited to no more than 20 hours per week during the academic year i.e. when school is in session. This 20-hour limit per week includes all types of on-campus employment combined i.e students who have more than one on-campus job. J-1 students who are maintaining their status are eligible to work full-time during holidays and annual vacation periods, provided they intend to register for the next academic session.
You can apply for on-campus jobs by visiting the Office of Student Employment. J-1 students must recieve written permission from ISS prior to beginning any on-campus work. You will need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) which is used to report your wages.
If you were to finish your program early or violate your lawful J-1 status and continue working on-campus you would be engaging in unlawful employment and would risk long term immigration consequences. You would also jeapardize your eligiblity for any future benefits from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), such as academic training and/or adjustment to another non-immigrant status.
A student who has completed all requirements for their degree is no longer eligible for on-campus employment. Students in F-1 and J-1 non-immigrant status are NOT ELIGIBLE for any positions specifically held aside for students awarded aid under the federal work-study program.