Employment is any work performed or services provided (including self-employment) in exchange for money or other benefit or compensation (for example, free room and board in exchange for babysitting). Always contact the ISSS office before accepting a
job on or off campus to ensure that you are eligible and are following the proper procedures.
All F-1 students are allowed to work on campus as soon as they arrive in the United States in F-1 student status to attend The New School. You do not need to get official work authorization from ISSS before you start an on-campus job, but you still need
to speak with an ISSS advisor to ensure that the work qualifies as on-campus employment.
Requirements for On-Campus Employment
- On-campus work must be limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session, but can be full-time during official breaks and vacations.
- Employment must take place either at your school or at an off-campus location that is educationally affiliated with the school (associated with the school's established curriculum or with contractually funded research projects at the postgraduate
Where to Find Jobs
Any student worker positions designated as Federal Work Study are a form of federal financial aid and are thus open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
In order to participate in any off-campus employment, you must obtain work authorization through the ISSS office. Unauthorized employment is taken very seriously by U.S. immigration officials. Familiarize yourself with your F-1 off-campus employment options,
and always contact ISSS before accepting any work that you are not sure is authorized.
|Curricular Practical Training||Optional Practical Training|
|Takes place during program|
Employment offer needed
Authorized by the Experience Office within 15 business days
Authorization on I-20
|Usually takes place after program ends|
No employment offer
No academic credit
Authorized by USCIS within 90 calendar days or more
USCIS application fee
Authorization on EAD card
How to Apply for a Social Security Number
See the Social Security section for more information about the SSN application process. If you have been issued an SSN for a past experience, you
do not need to apply for a new number.