Your F-1 student status permits you to work at SF State campus while you are enrolled in a full course of study. It is your responsibility to research and understand your on-campus work eligibility. Be sure to consult OIP if you have any concerns or questions.
You may work on campus provided:
- You are maintaining F-1 status.
- Enrolled full-time or have an approved Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) or Reduced Course Load (RCL) due to Completion of Study.
- You do not work more than a total of 20 hours per week while school is in session. You may be employed up to 40 hours (Full-Time) per week during holidays and vacation periods, including your summer and winter vacation, provided you are eligible and intend to register for the next semester.
You MAY NOT work on campus if:
- Your SEVIS record and I-20 has been terminated by OIP.
- The program end date on your I-20 has ended.
- You have been approved for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) due to academic difficulty or medical condition
- You have transferred your SEVIS record and I-20 to another school.
- You have graduated from SF State.
When can students begin to work on campus?
- New Students: Students who have been issued an initial I-20 and intend to enroll for the next regular academic semester at SF State, may work up to 10 days prior to the semester start date.
- Current Students: Current students in valid F-1 status may begin to work on campus as soon as you have complete all the required documentation.
- Students who applied to change status to F-1: Students whose F-1 status has been approved by USCIS may work on campus from the F-1 validation date printed on the approval notice. Students may not work on campus while change of status application is pending.
Employment by SF State
On-campus work performed for SF State is usually acceptable, whether it is employment in the library, the computer center or the housing office or work required by a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship. F-1 visa international students are only eligible to work in jobs that are classified as "student assistant" positions (and not "work study" jobs that are part of US federal financial aid programs).
Other Employment on SF State’s Premises
Work performed on SF State’s grounds is "On-campus employment" as long as the employer provides direct services to students. Employment in SF State bookstore or cafeteria, both of which provide direct services to students, is acceptable even if the bookstore or cafeteria is operated by a private, commercial firm. Work for a construction company which is erecting a campus building is not acceptable since the construction company does not provide direct student services.
Work Off Campus Which Qualifies as On-Campus Employment
USCIS regulations allow you to work at an off-campus location provided:
- The location is educationally affiliated with the school
- The educational affiliation is associated with your school's established curriculum or is related to a graduate level research project which your school has contracted to perform
- The work is an integral or important part of you program of study. For example, if your field of study is marine biology and your school has an off-campus marine biology research facility, you may work there and that employment will be defined as "on campus".
Visit Career Center's website for the listing of current on-campus employment opportunities. Places to look for part-time on-campus jobs are:
- Mashouf Wellness Center.
- Sodexo dining services hires students to fill positions in the Residential Dining Halls, and in the snack bars in the residential areas.
- The Information Technology Services (ITS) hires students on a part-time basis for a variety of positions, including web developer, machine operators, Help Desk consultants, etc. You must have good communication skills in English. To obtain a job application, you may pick one up at the Help Desk located in OLD ADM 110.
- Health Promotion & Wellness program.
- The J. Paul Leonard University Library.
- The SF State campus bookstore.
- Disability Programs & Resource Center (DPRC)
- The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) in HSS 348 generally needs tutors in a variety of subjects.
- Audio-Visual Services hires students to assist with maintenance and delivery of equipment on campus, including overhead projectors and video monitors. Located on the ground floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library.
- Various faculty members in the Department or Foreign Language & Literatures (HUM 475) often hire international students who are native speakers of languages that are taught at SF State as teaching assistants.
- SF State Housing hires students for Resident Assistant and other positions to work in the University's various on-campus housing facilities. Visit the Housing & Residential Services Office located on the ground floor of Mary Ward Hall.
- The University Police Department (UPD) also hires students at the beginning of each semester to serve as "student escorts" during the evening hours accompanying students from various campus locations to their car, on-campus residence, etc. Visit their office located in the Corporation Yard on the west side of campus near Lake Merced Blvd. and the student parking garage.
- Ask your friends who may already be working on-campus! They are also good resources to learn about jobs in the departments/offices where they presently work!
- A variety of other offices hire students on an occasional basis. Watch for announcements on OIPNEWS (the weekly electronic newsletter for international students), or by visiting an office for which you would like to work.
Please note that inclusion on the above list does not mean that the offices are currently hiring students, only that they have previously hired students for part-time positions.
Working on SF State Campus for the First Time:
Before you start working on campus, you must have the On-Campus Employment Certification (OCEC) (PDF, 72KB) form signed by OIP, apply for a Social Security Number (if you don't have one), complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification at Dean of Students' Office, and complete payroll forms with the university Tax Specialist. Current students may start working upon completion of the payroll forms. First time new students can only start working on campus 5 days prior to the start of the Fall or Spring semester.
See instruction (PDF, 147KB) to complete all the steps.
Working on SF State Campus as a Continuing Employee:
You do not need to complete OCEC nor I-9 again. Schedule an appointment with the Tax Specialist and bring the payroll forms back to your employer.