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F-1 Student Employment

As an F-1 student, it is important to not work illegally. Working illegally

  • cannot be rectified (no reinstatement of status allowed),
  • could ruin future plans, and
  • DSO’s are obligated to report this and have no discretion in this reporting obligation.

Work is defined as anything that is compensated with

  • money,
  • housing,
  • food or living essentials,
  • reduction in fees, and/or
  • knowledge (in some experiential learning situations).
  • Wages need not be received in order for an activity to be considered work