On-campus Employment

As an F-1 student, you may work on campus as long as you:

  • Maintain lawful F-1 status.
  • Do not work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session.

You may be employed full-time (not to exceed 40 hours per week) during holidays and vacation periods, including summer vacation, provided you are eligible and intend to register for the next term. The 20-hour per week limit on your employment while school is in session applies to all types of on-campus employment

Hiring Procedures

    1. Complete Form I-9 “Employment Eligibility Verification.”
      Each newly hired employee must complete and sign Section 1 of Form I-9 no later than his or her first day of the employment and section 2 must be completed within 3 business days of the date of hire.
    2. Students Without a Social Security Number (SSN)
      An on-campus employer has to request a temporary ID (999#) from Financial Affairs. The temporary ID will allow student to works and receives money while he/she is waiting for a permanent SSN and allows an on-campus employer to complete the new hire ACT document.
      In order to obtain a SSN, the on-campus employer and student needs to follow the instructions found here: “Applying for a Social Security Number”.
    3. ACT Document Arrives in ISSS Oracle Workflow for International Tax Determination
      ISSS will contact the student and do an NR tax assessment to ensure that his/her tax status determination has been made and enter into UAB’s international tax software. ISSS must review, sign and forward the tax documents to the Payroll Department and verify employment authorization and tax status before student can receives payment.

Scholarships Fellowships Classified as a Trainee Payment

Scholarships and Fellowships are normally awarded in the amount of $24,000 annually and are subject to taxation at 14%. Students who are awarded scholarships and fellowships are not eligible for an additional 20 hours of on-campus work each week since the scholarship and fellowship expects you to perform 20 hours of service per week to the awarding department.