Working in The United States

Working in the United States

Your F-1 or J-1 student status permits you to work on campus at the university that issued your immigration document while you are enrolled in a full course of study. You must maintain your immigration status to be eligible for this employment benefit; maintaining status means that you are a full-time registered student (except for approved exceptions) in good academic standing with a valid I-20 or DS-2019. You can work 20 hours during the academic term, and 40 hours during summers and breaks between classes.

Please follow the steps required to work on campus at Millersville University. 

For more information about employment options, please visit the Employment webpage

To be eligible for off-campus employment, you must consult with the Office of International Programs and Services to decide what options are available to you. Usually, it is required that you have been enrolled at a college or university in the U.S. on a full-time basis for at least one full academic year.


1. WORK OFF-CAMPUS unless you have the necessary written authorization from the international advisor in advance (consult the international advisor for details–for F1 or J1 students the work authorization must be written on page 2 of your I-20 or DS-2019).

2. WORK ON-CAMPUS more than 20 hours per week while school is in session.

3. Take a leave of absence, withdraw from classes, or drop below the required number of credits without FIRST checking with an international advisor in the Office of International Programs and Services. Students who terminate their program or otherwise fall out of legal status before completing do not have a grace period to leave the U.S., they must leave immediately.

For more information regarding working in the United States, visit the Homeland Security’s website.

Failure to comply with this requirement is a violation of your F-1 status, which may result in serious consequences, including your termination in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitors Information System), inability to re-enter the U.S., and detention and deportation from the U.S.