UCI International Center

On Campus Employment

Section 1

On-Campus Employment

F-1 and J-1 students may work on-campus at UCI. Immigration regulations allow you to work up to  20 hours per week during the quarter. Full time [anything more than 20 hours a week] is allowed during vacation periods. You must have a valid visa document (I-20 or DS-2019) and must be maintaining your visa status. 

The Department of State requires that J-1 students receive approval from their program sponsor in order to be employed at UCI. If your DS-2019 was issued by UCI, you will need to complete the J-1 Student On-Campus Employment Authorization Request form and upload it to the Student Request Upload Tool for advisor approval. A J-1 student may engage in on-campus part-time employment while maintaining good academic standing and a full course of study. If your DS-2019 was issued by another agency, you will need to contact them directly about receiving and/or reporting on-campus employment to them.

F-1 students are not required to get approval from the International Center in order to work on-campus.

In some instances you may have On-Campus Employment at an Off-Campus Site, please schedule an appointment with an student advisor at the International Center for more information and requirements.

You will complete hiring paperwork with your hiring unit. Please follow their instructions on this paperwork.

SSN Information:

If you need to apply for a Social Security Number, you will require the SSN Student Verification Letter.

  • The letter will need to be completed by your hiring department 
  • Once filled out by your hiring department, you will upload the letter to the Student Request Upload Tool to be processed by the International Center
  • The completed document will be returned to you for your SSN application
    • For information about how to apply for an SSN, please see here