Definition of On-Campus Employment

  • On-campus employment includes work performed on the University premises, employed by the I-20 issuing institution. This includes work for departments or administrative offices, graduate assistantships, as well as jobs at the University's library, recreational center and campus labs.
  • On-campus also includes employment with on-campus commercial firms (Starbucks, Peer Power) which provide services for students on campus in a University owned building.
  • Work done at an off-campus location, which is educationally affiliated with the U of M. The student must be paid by the U of M.

Conditions of On-Campus Employment for F-1 International Students

  • Must be maintaining a legal F-1 status and meeting the F-1 enrollment requirements.
  • Work does not have to be related to course of study.
  • On-campus work is limited to 20 hours per work week while school is in session. Students are required to check with their academic departments to ensure the number of work hours is meeting the acadmic policies.
  • Work can be full-time during official university holidays and academic breaks if the F-1 student will be returning to classes the following term.
  • Students may not work on campus after completion of their studies.
  • Students are not eligible for the federal work-study program.
  • Students do not require any special F-1 authorization to work on campus.
  • Concurrent enrollment at the University of Memphis and a community college or another university is not acceptable for enrollment requirements for employment eligibility at this university.
  • Students with Reduced Course Load authorization for medical reason are required to get permission from ISS in order to work on campus. 

Federal Government Regulated Dates That May Impact Employment

  • Students may work as much as 30 days before the start of a program of study. If students start working before the program of study, they must inform ISS before they begin work.
  • Students are required to apply for a social security number if they take up on-campus employment.

Some of The Government Documents Related to Employment For F-1 International Students

  • Form I-94: A US arrival and departure record issued issued by the Department of Homeland Security. This form can be downloaded HERE
  • Social Security Number (SSN) Card: Student are required to apply for a SSN card if they work in the US. For more information, please visit our SSN webpage
  • Form I-9: All employees must file a properly completed Form I-9 with the Human Resources department.
  • Form W-4: Employee’s Withholding Certificate. Students will be required to complete their payroll direct deposit forms and their Form W-4

For more information about on-campus job in The University of Memphis, please visit https://www.memphis.edu/studentemployment/.