Employment in the U.S.

International students' employment options are restricted in the US by law. You have the option to work on campus or receive permission to work off campus.

On-campus Employment

F-1 Students:

  • Can work on campus without authorization from our office
  • Cannot work more than twenty hours a week
  • Must maintain good status academically and with immigration

J-1 students have different rules governing working on-campus.

Off-campus Employment

F-1 Curricular Practical Training is off campus work permission for F-1 international students who will be employed in their field of study who have not yet graduated.

F-1 Optional Practical Training is off campus work permission for F-1 international students who have recently graduated.

J-1 students also have academic training options.

Contact Us

International Student Scholar Services (ISSS)
Williston Hall

Phone: 815-753-1346
Fax: 815-753-1488
Email: isfo@niu.edu

Office Hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Open for in-person appointments:

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

Email isfo@niu.edu to request an appointment

Tuesday and Thursday

Staff working remotely