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On-Campus Employment

Students in F-1/J-1 status are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. During official university breaks, such as spring break, summer break, and winter break, students can work more than 20 hours per week on campus. Please consult with an international student advisor about permissible dates. Students cannot continue working after graduating or completing their academic program (unless they have some other type of work permission).

On-campus employment typically means that the work takes place on UT’s campus and the paycheck comes from UT. One exception: if you work for UT Dining Services (on campus), your paycheck will come from Aramark.

Procedures for F-1 On-Campus Employment Authorization

  • Request an Employment Verification Memo from your employer.
  • Drop off the memo and your most recent I-20 at the front desk of CGE.
  • CGE will stamp your I-20 and return it to you the next business day, along with instructions for applying for a Social Security number.

Procedures for J-1 On-Campus Employment Authorization

  • If UT did not issue your DS-2019, check with the organization that issued it.
  • If UT did issue your DS-2019, request an Employment Verification Memo from your employer.
  • Drop off the memo and your most recent DS-2019 at the front desk of CGE.
  • CGE will write an employment authorization letter for you and return it to you the next business day along with your DS-2019 and instructions for applying for a Social Security number.