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F-1 Students

On Campus Employment

F-1 regulations allow students to work part-time (up to 20 hours) during the academic term at approved on-campus jobs, and more than 20 hours during holidays, vacations and university breaks. Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants should obtain permission from the Graduate School for work which is in addition to their assistantship. Students must be sure they do not work more than 20 hours per week at any on-campus job or combination of jobs during the academic semester. Working more than 20 hours per week during the term can result in a loss of F-1 status. Marquette students can view and apply for open campus job positions in the JobConnection student employment database.


Off Campus Employment

F-1 regulations allow students to work at off-campus locations in three unique situations.

1) Practical Training

Practical Training is an authorized period of work directly related to one’s program of study. To qualify, an F-1 student must be in valid status and have maintained that status for at least one academic year (9 months) and meet the requirements cited in the regulations. Practical training includes Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

2) Severe Economic Hardship

Students who encounter an unforeseen change in their sponsor's economic situation can apply to USCIS for authorization to work off-campus due to severe economic hardship. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one academic year of full-time studies, hold valid F-1 status and document the unforeseen change in their financial situation. Authorized work is restricted to 20 hours per week during the academic term.

For more information, contact the Office of International Education to meet with an OIE adviser.

3) International Organizations

Certain international organizations located in the U.S. are authorized to employ F-1 students. The organization must provide certification that the proposed employment is within the scope of its sponsorship. Students in this situation should contact the Office of International Education to meet with an OIE adviser.


OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

Marquette University

Marquette is a Catholic, Jesuit university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, more than 700 of whom are international students. Seeking a transformational education, they come from 68 countries — from Canada to China, from Mexico to Malaysia, and everywhere in between.