Students with valid F-1 status can be employed on-campus at the University for up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Students may work full time while UI is not in session (summer and winter break). A graduate teaching assistant (TA) or a graduate research assistant (RA) is considered equivalent to 20 hours per week, and no further employment is permitted during the semester.
F-1 students may not provide goods or services beyond the boundaries of on-campus employment (off-campus or self employment) without the permission of the office of International Student, Scholar and Faulty Services (ISSFS), and, in most instances, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If there is any question about whether or not a particular endeavor qualifies as employment, students should consult their internatioal student advisor. Note that unpaid work may also be unlawful employment.
Students wishing to engage in employment off-campus may be eligible for "practical training." In most cases, students are not eligible for any type of practical training until completion of one full academic year (two semesters).
There are two types of practical training employment authorization: optional and curricular.
Additionally, you may be eligible for employment authorization based on severe economic hardship (proof of hardship is required) or by working for a specific type of international organization.