J-1: Employment Information
Types of Employment Available (scroll down for full descriptions)
- Academic training
- How to Apply
- Severe Economic Hardship
- Special Student Relief Program
On campus employment is defined as employment which provides a paycheck from Purdue University. Positions include teaching assistantships, research assistantships, some fellowships, and hourly employment.
To obtain authorization for on-campus hourly employment, J-1 students need to obtain a J-1 Student Employment Information Form from the ISS Office, have the on-campus employer complete the form, and submit it to ISS for approval during the semester of employment. Bring the following documents:
- J-1 Student Employment form
- Current DS2019
- I-94 card
This request may be done during walk-in hours Monday - Friday:
- 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM except Thursday mornings
- 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Students employed as teaching or research assistants (TAs or RAs) in the department listed on Form DS 2019 do not need to request this on-campus authorization each semester with ISS. Such students instead need to update the funding on their document to list Purdue University funding. However, students who secure a TA or RA position in a different department than the one listed on their Form DS 2019 are required to complete the J-1 Student Employment Information Form and submit it to ISS for approval during the semester(s) of employment.
J-1 students are restricted to the amount of hours per week they may work:
Fall/Spring academic semesters: maximum of 20 hours per week.
Semester breaks, official school/summer vacation: full-time on campus. (Exception: if a student is required to register for summer (such as with a Graduate Assistantship), only 20 hours per week maximum permitted).
Please note that on-campus employment is not permitted after completion of a degree program unless the student
- has been issued a Form DS 2019 to begin a new program and intends to enroll for the following semester, or
- has obtained Academic Training authorization to be employed on-campus.
Academic Training (AT)
AT is available in a J-1 student´s field of study before completion of a program of study as well as after completion of studies. Every month in J-1 student status makes a J-1 student eligible for a month of AT up to a total of 18 months of AT. An additional 18 months is possible for J-1 students who obtain a Ph.D.
How to Apply for Academic Training (AT)
Obtain an application for AT at the ISS Office. Call ISS at 494-5770 for an appointment to see an immigration counselor after preparing the following:
- A letter from the prospective employer indicating:
- Title of position
- Length of employment including dates and location of employment
- Annual salary
- State the position is full or part-time (list number of hours per week, 21 or more hours per week is considered to be full-time)
- A brief description of the goals and objectives of the practical training program
- Name and address of supervisor
Note: Apply no later than 30 days after the completion of an academic program. Failure to do so will disqualify a J-1 student from being authorized for AT.
Severe Economic Hardship
Students who experience a serious, unforeseen economic need which arises after arrival to the US may be able to apply for this special off-campus employment authorization. Students who believe that they may qualify for this option should see an ISS Immigration counselor.