On-campus employment is work done on the premises of the school the student is authorized to attend.
The J-1 student may work on campus only if the Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) from the sponsoring agency gives permission.
Some J-1 sponsors do not want their students to work since employment may delay completion of study, and/or because the student already receives sufficient funds for their needs during their study.
Students planning to look for jobs through the Manoa Career Center (MCC) must complete Form J-CE (J-1 Employment Eligibility and Authorization Form) authorizing general on-campus employment. The Form J-CE is an initial requirement. UHM-sponsored students must bring the form to ISS to sign confirming eligibility before presenting to MCC. Additional requirements will be enforced by MCC. Students who obtain employment through MCC must complete the second page of the Form J-CE with employment information and submit to ISS for final authorization. Employment must not begin until authorization is given. ("Eligilibity" and "authorization" are not the same.) Students deemed ineligible by MCC may not be able to access UHM's on-line job system.
- Student is in good academic standing
- Student continues to engage in a full course of study
- Employment must be authorized in advance by the Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) from the sponsoring agency.
- Limited to no more than 20 hours per week during academic semester
- Over 20 hours per week during official school breaks
- Employment authorization is valid up to 12 months
- Employment automatically withdrawn if student's program is transferred or terminated
Off-campus employment may be authorized if it is necessary because of serious, urgent, and unforseen economic circumstances that have arisen since acquiring exchange visitor status.
Students should discuss eligibilty requirements with their sponsoring agency's RO.
Academic Training (AT) is a type of J-1 student work authorization in which the student performs work that is integral to his/her major or curriculum. AT may be authorized before or after completion of the program of study. AT may be authorized part-time (up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session) full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during university vacation periods, while writing a thesis or dissertation, or during a specified post-completion period. AT may involve unpaid work in some cases. Whether paid or unpaid, written authorization from the J-1 sponsor is required prior to starting employment. All authorizations are specific as to employer, location, and dates. Employment without proper authorization is a serious violation of J-1 status.