In order to be eligible for employment, F-1 visa holders must be:
- In valid F-1 visa status–enrolled for a full course of study
- Authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and/or the Office of the Dean of the College
Once employment is authorized, you must maintain your eligibility, or you may lose your right to continue employment.
The ISSO recommends consulting with the Office of the Dean of the College before beginning any type of employment. Any illegal employment – even for one day, even if you did not know it was illegal–poses a threat to your ability to remain in or return to the United States.
Haverford College Employment
Haverford students in valid F-1 visa status are permitted to work on campus for a total of 20 hours per week when school is in session or full-time during annual vacations. Any work performed through the College’s campus employment program, whether in the Dining Center/Coop, the Library, various offices, or labs, is always acceptable. Work required by a fellowship or assistantship is also acceptable.
Other Employment on Haverford College’s Premises
This includes work performed on campus for an outside contractor or firm, if this work provides direct services to students.
Off-Campus Work Which Qualifies as On-Campus Employment
Certain types of employment performed at an off-campus site may qualify as on-campus employment if:
- The location is educationally affiliated with Haverford College,
- The educational affiliation is associated with Haverford’s establishment, and
- The work is an integral or important part of your program of study.
Working at Bryn Mawr College or Swarthmore College fits the above criteria; however, working at the University of Pennsylvania or Villanova University, for example, does not qualify under these provisions.
To be eligible for off-campus employment, you must have been in valid F-1 visa status for at least one academic year. Please contact the ISSO if you are considering off-campus employment.