A student in J-1 status may work up to 20 hours per week on-campus while enrolled in a full course of study. "On-campus" jobs include work in the UW student unions, libraries, recreational centers, and in academic and administrative departments. J-1 Students require permission to engage in part-time work on-campus. You must request permission from your J-1 program sponsor; your sponsor is listed in Box #2 of your DS-2019. Students sponsored by UW-Madison must complete the J-1 On-campus Work Application (below). The PDF regarding J-1 On-campus Work Information (below) includes further details.
Once you have received permission from your J-1 sponsor, you will need to show your employer documents which establish your identification and employment eligibility, as listed on the I-9 form which all new employees must complete. There is no exception to the 20 hour-per-week ceiling, even if the employment is a teaching or project assistantship. On-campus employment may be full-time during vacation periods (summer, winter, and spring breaks) for students who have maintained full time status before the vacation period and intend to register for the following semester.
Off-campus Employment for J-1 Students: Academic Training (AT)
J-1 students may be eligible to work off-campus to gain work experience in their field of study through Academic Training. AT may take place before or after the completion of your degree and requires authorization from your J-1 sponsor; your sponsor is listed in Box #2 of your DS-2019. Students sponsored by UW-Madison must complete the J-1 Academic Training Application (below). The PDF regarding J-1 Academic Training Information (below) includes further details about AT.