Students who receive an I-20 from Kennesaw State University and are maintaining F-1 status at our school are eligible to work on-campus with approval from the ISSS Office.
In general, there are two kinds of on-campus jobs:
- Kennesaw State University (graduate assistantships, student assistantships, school library, etc.)
- Private Vendors / Companies who provide on-campus services to students, such as the bookstore and the cafeteria.
If you have questions about any type of employment on campus, or if you are changing status to F1, or if you have lost your F1 status, ask the ISSS Office first before accepting employment.
KSU's Human Resources says I need a Social Security Card. How can I get this?
Submit a Social Security Support Letter request in iStart, found under F-1 Student Services. Graduate Assistants will need to upload a copy of their fully executed assistantship contract. Students with student assistant or staff positions will need to provide the contact information for their supervisor; the supervisor will be contacted for details about the employment that we will use for the support letter.
Once you receive the support letter, you can visit the local Social Security Office with your passport, visa, I-20, I-94, and the support letter to apply for an SSN.
When can I start on-campus employment?
You are eligible for on-campus employment from your first semester. IMPORTANT! Before starting any employment, you must complete the F-1 Student Check In in iStart.
When should I stop employment at Kennesaw State?
You need to stop employment immediately if:
- You have completed your program of study, or
- You have transferred to another school, or
- You have failed to maintain your legal F-1 status, or
- You have let your I-20 expire, or you have changed your immigration status to a status that does not allow this type of employment.
Can I work full time?
F-1 students at Kennesaw State can work part time (up to 20 hours/week) while school is in session and full time (more than 20 hours/week) during the summer and during holidays/breaks.
I was offered a job I think is considered on-campus, but am not sure. What should I do?
We recommend that you discuss this with an International Student Advisor.
Is being a Resident Assistant (RA) considered on-campus employment?
Yes, RA positions are considered on-campus employment. Based on historical precedent at KSU, the ISSS Office considers RA positions to involve 12 work hours per week.
Can I hold multiple on-campus jobs?
Yes, students may hold multiple on-campus positions. However, the hours worked per week cannot exceed 20 in the aggregate.
May an F-1 student work on campus while participating in CPT or OPT?
An F-1 student may participate in on-campus employment and CPT but may not exceed 20 hours of each employment type per week. The F-1 student may work full-time during those periods when school is not in session or during the student’s annual break. The F-1 student must remember that the primary purpose for being in the United States and way of maintaining status is enrollment in an SEVP-certified school. An F-1 student may not participate in OPT and on-campus employment.