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What are the Immigration guidelines regarding student employment?

Q. What are the Immigration guidelines regarding student employment?

A. The Immigration guidelines state “a student may work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session; full time during those periods when school is not in session or during the annual break”.  If the student works more than the 20 hours permitted while school is in session, it is a violation of status and the student's SEVIS record is terminated for unauthorized work.  The student must obtain a new I-20, depart the US, and return on the new I-20.

Upon termination of the student’s SEVIS record, the ISE will also immediately be terminated from payroll.  They must reprocess with Tax Services after obtaining a new I-20 and completing SEVIS check-in with ISSS before they will be permitted to resume employment.  ISEs are not permitted to work during the period between termination of their old I-20 and when they reprocess for payroll.  Doing so would be an additional violation of the student’s visa.