On Campus Employment

Definition: On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week (including assistantships) during the school year, and limited to full-time during summer and vacation periods. You must obtain a social security number prior to completing human resources paperwork at Georgia State University.

IMPORTANT! Before starting any employment you should come to ISSS to report it. Don’t forget to bring your immigration documents with you.

Who is Eligible?


Students who receive an I-20 from Georgia State University and are maintaining F-1 status at our school are eligible to work on-campus without any previous authorizations from ISSS or immigration.

In general, there are two kinds of on-campus jobs:

  1. Georgia State University (graduate assistantships, student assistantships, school library, etc.)
  2. Private Vendors / Companies who provide on-campus services to students, such as the bookstore and the cafeteria.

If you have questions about any type of employment on campus, or if you are changing status to F1, or if you have lost your F1 status, ask ISSS first before accepting employment.


The J-1 student:

  • has primarily come to the U.S. to study, not to work.
  • will engage in employment directly related to his / her major field of study.
  • has completed all coursework required for the degree, OR
  • will work only during vacation periods, OR
  • will only work part-time (20 hours/week) if still enrolled in course work
  • will maintain health insurance coverage while working
  • will obtain Academic Training authorization in writing from their Responsible Officer (RO)


All J-1 student employment, including graduate assistantships, and non-graduate assistantships (student assistants), must obtain employment authorization PRIOR to beginning work on-campus. To apply, you must submit an original employment letter on official letterhead to ISSS either in person or by scanned pdf of original. The employment letter must contain all of the following information:

  • Employer Name
  • Employer Address
  • Number of work hours per week
  • Beginning and end dates of employment
  • Type of employment (assistantship, fellowship, or other on-campus)
  • Signature of supervisor

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

If you have just arrived in the U.S., you can start employment no more than 30 days prior to the beginning of your first semester.

If you have completed your SEVIS transfer to Georgia State from another school, but did not complete one semester at that school, then you can start employment no more than 30 days prior to the beginning of your first semester.

If you are a transfer student who has already completed one semester at your previous school, you can start employment after your SEVIS record has been transferred to Georgia State.

Please note that these rules apply to transfer students whose SEVIS records have already been transferred to Georgia State. If you have not requested your record to be transferred to Georgia State you cannot start employment even during the 30-day period before the start of classes.

You need to stop employment immediately if:

  • You have completed your program of study, or
  • You have transferred to another school, or
  • You have failed to maintain your legal F-1 or J-1 status, or
  • You have let your I-20 or DS-2019 expire, or you have changed your immigration status to a status that does not allow this type of employment.
F-1 students at Georgia State can work part time (up to 20 hours/week) while school is in session and full time (more than 20 hours/week) during the summer and approved break period.

J-1 Students at Georgia State are ONLY eligible to work part time (up to 20 hours/week).