On-campus employment refers to employment where a student is hired by an office or
department of the University of Northern Colorado campus and paid by the university.
A new F1 or J1 student can begin working as early as 30 days prior to the start date
on their F1/J1 immigration document, the form I-20/DS-2019. Students who are transferring
their F1 or J1 records to UNC can start working once their F1 or J1 transfer has been
accepted by the university.
F1 and J1 international students maintaining status at UNC can work on campus a maximum
of 20 hours per week during school and full time during the breaks (e.g., winter or
summer) if they are returning to classes the following term. An F1 or J1 student who
works more than 20 hours a week on campus when school is in session could jeopardize
their F1 or J1 immigration status.
To obtain a social security number (SSN), an F1/J1 international student needs a letter
from the Center for International Education verifying their eligibility, which CIE
issues when a student submits the Employment Letter form and the job offer letter.
An F1/J1 international student must have a legitimate job offer in order to apply
for an SSN as well as the letter from CIE.