Most on-campus jobs are based on work-study funding. Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for Work Study funded jobs. You will need to rely on the funding source(s) you presented to the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) and the U.S. Embassy when issued F-1 or J-1 status. All Off-Campus Work Authorization for F-1 or J-1 students must have the PRIOR approval of the International Students & Scholars Office and the issuance of a new Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. Failure to obtain Off-Campus Work Authorization through ISSO will jeopardize your F-1 or J-1 student status.
Where is it legally permitted for international students to work?
Please note: Employment is only considered to be on-campus if the job is physically done on the UMass Lowell Campus. The Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the Call Center are NOT considered on-campus work. Any student found to have violated this will have their F-1 or J-1 status terminated.
*Please note: Int'l students are not permitted to be employed at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub as "on-campus employment" unless employed at the I-Hub Administration Office, collecting a UMass Lowell paycheck. Int'l students would otherwise require OPT or CPT authorization to work at the I-Hub
How Many Hours Per week can an International Student Work On-Campus:
J-1 students must report on-campus employment to ISSO by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, both whenever they start or end an on-campus job.
Regarding Social Security & On-Campus Jobs for International Students:
Please remember that you do NOT need a Social Security number to open a bank account or to do any business in the U.S.
Once you secure a job offer, you will need to apply for an SSN letter from ISSO! Click on the button below to be directed to our Social Security page.
Learn more about SSN