When school is in session
You may work part-time (20 hours per week or less) on the WSU campus if all of the following are true:
- You have lawful J-1 status
- You have the permission of your J program sponsor
- You are in good academic standing
- You are enrolled in a full-time course of study
- You have not yet graduated
Graduation is signified by:
- Graduate students—Date of successful defense or the end date of an assistantship
- Undergraduate students—The last day of finals
During official breaks and annual vacation
Full-time employment is permitted. Your Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer must approve your specific employment in advance and in writing. Approval may be valid for up to 12 months. If you terminate your studies, approval is automatically withdrawn.
Limits on the number of hours you can work
The state of Washington limits on-campus employment for all enrolled students (domestic and international) to 516 hours in 6 consecutive months. That is an average of 20 hours a week. Vacation periods are excluded. The limitation does not apply if you are working in your major field of study.
The state also limits non-student temporary employees to 1,050 hours (including overtime) in any 12 consecutive months. Measurement starts with the original date of your non-student temporary employment. Monitored hours are displayed on your earnings statement.
Graduate students with assistantships
Teaching and research assistantships are considered to be on-campus employment. Therefore, if you are a graduate student on a half-time teaching or research assistantship, you may not be employed elsewhere on campus for additional hours.
If your employment is part of the exchange visitors program (e.g., a teaching or research assistantship), you may receive compensation from the sponsor that issued your Form DS-2019.