Is your employment “authorized”?
- Get the appropriate documentation before commencing employment. Unauthorized employment poses a serious threat to your ability to remain in or return to the U.S.
- If you have any questions concerning your eligibility or category of employment, please consult a DSO.
Definition of Employment – Make sure your work is authorized.
Employment: any type of work performed or services provided in exchange for money, tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, food or any other benefit.
Volunteer Work: an unpaid position where the work performed receives no pay or other benefit
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you are not receiving any form of compensation for services provided, the activity may still be considered unauthorized employment.
- Active involvement in the creation of a company may be considered work, and therefore requires proper work authorization.
- Volunteering for an organization simply to gain experience could be deemed unauthorized employment especially if duties are performed for which one would normally be paid.
Even inadvertent violations may result in harsh consequences. Be cautious. ISO is here to provide guidance, but unfortunately is not in a position to judge the legitimacy of all unpaid positions due to the intricate nature of U.S. labor law.
Different requirements exist for each type of student employment, but there are basic requirements that must be met for any employment:
- Undergraduate students at Harrisburg University are NOT eligible for CPT.
- Graduate students:
- Must currently be in valid F-1
- Must be in good academic standing and engaged in a full course of study
- Once employment is authorized, you must maintain your eligibility or you will lose your right to continue employment.
Categories of Student Employment
If you have any questions concerning your eligibility or category of employment, please consult a DSO by visiting the Student Support Network and choosing “International Student Inquiry” under report type.