On-campus Employment

Students in valid J-1 student status are eligible for on-campus employment with written permission from ISS. On-campus employment does not need to be related to the academic objective.

All employment must be authorized by ISS before the start date for on-campus or off-campus employment. Employment authorization for students in their first semester will only be granted after Check-in and validation are complete. Working without authorization is a violation of legal status. 

J-1 On-Campus Employment request in Terra Dotta

During Fall/Spring:

  • 20 hours per week, all positions combined
    • Spring semester restriction begins January 22, 2023
    • Fall semester restrictions begin on September 3, 2023

During authorized vacation periods (spring, summer, winter breaks):

  • Over 20 hours per week is possible; no cap imposed by immigration regulations
    • Winter 2023/2024 dates: Sunday, December 17, 2023 – Saturday, January 20, 2024
    • Spring 2024 dates: Sunday, March 24 – Saturday, March 30
    • Summer 2023 dates: Sunday, May 7 – Saturday, September 2
      • If you have an I-20 or DS-2019 program start date or program end date for summer, you are limited to 20 hours per week.
  • UW may limit to no more than 29 hours per week (this is institutional policy for student hourly positions; consult with your payroll specialist to confirm)
  • Must have been enrolled full-time before vacation period
  • Must intend to enroll full-time after vacation period

Looking for an on-campus job? Search the Student Job CenterJust ISSued, GradConnections Weekly, and department websites for postings!


Employment for J-1 Students: Academic Training

 Students in valid J-1 student status are also eligible for off-campus employment authorization called Academic Training. Academic Training provides J-1 students with practical experience that compliments their program of study and must be directly related to the J-1 student’s field of study, or major. Academic Training can take place on or off campus.

Academic Training is available to students either during their program (Pre-Completion) or after completion of their program (Post-Completion). A student’s academic training can only be as long as their program of study, and not longer than 18 months. 

Academic Training information and requirements

Pre-Completion Academic Training application – J-1 students requesting work authorization during their program for employment training or practical experience

Post-Completion Academic Training application – J-1 students requesting work authorization after their program for employment training or practical experience

J-1 Clinical Restrictions

J-1 Students cannot participate in any clinical care positions or any other position that involves patient contact. Any position that would require a student intern to provide therapy, medication or other clinical or medical treatment is prohibited, including veterinary medicine 

Find more detailed information on the J-1 Academic Training Page.

J-2 Employment

J-2 dependents may apply for employment authorization through U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) after arriving in the United States. The J-2 cannot apply for work permission until they are in the U.S. Visit this page for application procedures and fees.