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Immigration

On-Campus Work

Please note that in all cases, international students who hold an RA or TA cannot have any other employment on-campus or off-campus.

An International Visiting Student may receive compensation only for work done for the host research group. They are not allowed to have any other employment, on-campus or off-campus, under Federal regulations.

F-1 On-Campus Work Information

  Kind of Work Part-time/ 
Full-time   
Authorization granted by: Impact on Practical Training Remarks
Employment by MIT RA, TA, UROP, any work paid by MIT Part-time
when school is in session. Full-time during annual vacations.
No authorization required, employment incident to status. None Full Research and Teaching Assistantships cover the 20 hours per week of work allowed by USCIS while school is in session. No other on-campus or off-campus job can be held at the same time if a student has an RA or TA
Employment on MIT premises Work with stores in the Student Center Part-time
when school is in session. Full-time during annual vacations.
International Student Advisor if needed by employer. None Students holding full RAs or TAs cannot have other jobs on-campus or off-campus.
Off-campus work as on-campus work Work must fulfill all the following three conditions: (1) Location must be contractually affiliated with MIT (2)Work must be part of the curriculum or related to a graduate research project.(3)The employment must be an important part of the student's program of study. Part-time
when school is in session. Full-time during annual vacations.
Authorization by an International Student Advisor None Students must submit to the International Student Advisor a letter from their academic advisor giving detailed information about the work.


J-1 On-Campus Work Information

  Kind of Work Part-time/ 
Full-time   
Authorization granted by: Impact on Academic Training Remarks
Employment by MIT Research and Teaching Assistantships from MIT Part-time
(up to 20 hrs. per week) when school is in session. Full-time during vacations.
No further authorization is required, if assistantship is included on DS-2019s. None Full RAs and TAs cover the 20 hrs. per week of work allowed by USCIS.
Employment on MIT premises Work for offices or departments on MIT campus and paid by MIT. Part-time
(up to 20 hrs. per week) when school is in session. Full-time during vacations.
Written authorization from Visa Sponsor (International Student Advisor if DS-2019 was issued by MIT). None Students holding full RAs and TAs cannot have other on-campus or off-campus work.

Note: Only students who are full-time students and in-status are eligible for on-campus work.

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