F-1 Student Employment
"Employment" is any work performed or services provided (including self-employment) in exchange for money or other benefits or compensation (i.e. free room and board in exchange for babysitting).
WarningInformation about Social Security
It is essential that you understand and comply with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) restrictive employment regulations.
You must obtain appropriate employment authorization before you engage in any type of employment.
Ignorance of the regulations does not excuse a student from the serious ramifications of unauthorized employment, which may result in deportation.On-Campus Employment Optional Practical Training (OPT) Curricular Practical Training (CPT) OPT and CPT Comparison Severe Economic Hardship OPT Extension
DHS does NOT permit individuals in F-2 status to be employed under ANY conditions.
Employment is defined as the rendering of services, part- or full-time, for financial or other compensation, including self-employment.