J-1 students may be employed when the employment is related to academic funding, on-campus work, or economic necessity. J-1 student employment must be authorized by the International Office (IO) for the following types of employment:
The IO must authorize the J-1 student employment before the employment begins. Authorization can be granted for periods of up to 12-months at a time or for shorter periods. The following conditions apply:
Note: Employment authorization is automatically withdrawn if the student's program is transferred to another institution or terminated.
Example: A student working 15 hours per week on an assistantship is eligible for an additional five hours per week of other on- or off-campus employment (off-campus due to economic necessity).
J-1 students interested in applying for on-campus employment authorization are required to submit the J-1 Student On-Campus Employment Authorization Form to their international student advisor.
Any J-1 student not currently sponsored by Northwestern (i.e. Fulbright) must contact their sponsoring agency for the required employment authorization.
Important points to remember: