International F-1 and J-1 students and scholars are subject to U.S. immigration and labor laws that determine when employment in the U.S. is allowed.  In ALL cases, international students and scholars MUST obtain prior written authorization before accepting any employment.  F-1 and J-1 students should be aware of the restrictions on employment, since even inadvertent failure to comply with applicable employment regulations is considered a serious violation of immigration regulations and individual status.  Do not accept employment without authorization.

Employment is any type of work performed, or services that are offered, in exchange for compensation.  Compensation typically takes the form of salary and/or stipends, but income may also include non-compensation stipends or fellowships, scholarships, prizes and awards, reimbursements, or any other benefit that a student or scholar receives.