On-Campus Employment for F-1 International Students | Webster University

On-Campus Employment for F-1 International Students

F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus. However, on-campus employment must be performed on the school's premises, at commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as the school’s bookstore or cafeteria or at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with Webster University. Common places students find employment on campus are Reeg Academic Resource Center, Library, Office of Admission, Campus Activities, and Housing.

On-campus employment is only limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full-time when school is not in session or during the student’s annual vacation or official university breaks.

F-1 students from other institutions concurrently enrolled at Webster University are not permitted to work on campus at Webster University, unless they are authorized by their institutions to do practical training.  

The Student Employment Office monitors the number of hours each student worked per week and may freeze a student’s payroll account if it is determined that a student is working more than 20 hours per week. Failure to follow the rules may lead to termination of the student’s I-20 in SEVIS.

Who is Eligible to Work on Campus?

The following students are eligible to work on campus without special permission from International Recruitment & International Services or from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS):

  • Any F-1 or J-1 student in valid status with Webster University I-20.
  • An F-1 student transfer student whose SEVIS record has been released to Webster University
  • A current F-1 student who is admitted to begin a new program of study.

Who is not Eligible to Work on Campus?

  • A student who is "out of status." A student can resume employment if he/she has been reinstated to student status.
  • An F-1 student who has already graduated and is now in his/her 60/30-day grace period, except those who obtained optional practical training (OPT) or academic training.
  • A dependent of an F-1 student who is in F-2 status.