Summer Vacation Employment for International Students in F-1 or J-1 immigration status


Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This is a reminder message for the campus community regarding on-campus employment of international students.  Due to confusion on these issues, International Student Services (ISS) has worked with Payroll, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS), and the Registrar to clarify the information and to provide answers to frequently asked questions. 
 
 
WORKING MORE THAN 20 HOURS PER WORK WEEK DURING SUMMER VACATION 2015
 
According to federal regulations, international students “may work on campus full-time when school is not in session, or during the annual vacation” 8 C.F.R. 214(f)(9)(i). 
 
Students may be able to start working more than 20 hours/week at 12:01 AM (midnight) immediately after the first day of Spring 2016 Commencement. 
 
Students will have to stop working more than 20 hours/week at 11:59 PM (midnight) immediately before the first day of classes of Fall 2016.
 
Please note that Commencement dates and First Day of Classes of Fall 2016 semester may vary depending on the campus and professional college. See the table below for specific dates for each entity.
 
 
Campus or Professional College First Commencement Day
Spring 2016
First Day of Classes Fall 2016
Texas A&M University, College Station Campus, incl.
HSC School of Rural Public Health
May 12, 2016 August 29, 2016
Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus May 12, 2016 August 29, 2016
Texas A&M Law School May 13, 2016 August 22, 2016
Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry May 26, 2016 August 15, 2016
Texas A&M HSC, College of Medicine May 21, 2016 August 29, 2016
Texas A&M HSC, College of Nursing May 12, 2016 August 29, 2016
Texas A&M HSC, College of Pharmacy May 28, 2016 August 15, 2016
 

 
Please be aware that the repercussions for an international student who is in violation of employment rules are serious.  A student who works more than 20 hours/week when not legally eligible to do so loses his/her non-immigrant status and is considered to have unlawful presence in the United States. 
 
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has little tolerance for international students who lose their status due to unauthorized employment. In fact, there is a zero tolerance policy for international students who lose their legal status due to unauthorized employment. It is unlikely that such an international student can successfully petition DHS to regain legal status in the U.S.
 
For more information and examples illustrating On-Campus Employment rules for F-1 and J-1 students, please see our “Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Information” links under:
 
http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/F-1-Status/F1-Student  (for students in F-1 status)
http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/J-1-Status/J-1-Students  (for students in J-1 status)
 
If you need additional information about this, please contact ISS at 979-845-1824, or email iss@tamu.edu.