On campus employment is defined as employment which occurs on KU campus. Positions include teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and student hourly employment (KU Dining Services, Library, etc). Note: International Students are not eligible for Student Work Study positions.


J-1 students may engage in employment if:

  • Student is in good academic standing
  • Student continues to engage in a full course of study while school is in session
  • The ISS advisor or designated program sponsor has approved the specific employment in advance and in writing.

Hours Allowed

J-1 students are eligible to work on campus a maximum of 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring academic semesters. During breaks and official school vacation periods, J-1 students are eligible to work more than 20 hours per week on campus. A student who has a valid DS-2019 and intends to enroll for the next regular term may work on-campus.

Please note that on-campus employment is not permitted after completion of a degree or program unless the student has been issued a DS-2019 to begin a new academic program or has been granted Academic Training.


Once an on campus job is obtained, the student (with a DS-2019 issued by KU) should go to iHawk and complete an On-Campus Work Permit Request (J-1), under J-1 Student Services. An email will be sent by the ISS office to the student once the employment authorization form is ready to be picked up.

Students with a DS-2019 issued by a program sponsor other than KU (i.e. IIE, LASPAU, Department of State) need to contact their program sponsor for the work permit.

Immigration Advising Hours

ISS Virtual Drop-In Advising

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:30pm to 4:00pm. These virtual drop-in sessions are only for:

  • General and specific questions (for students and scholars)
  • Processing of reduced course load requests (electronically signed I-20s). 

All other processes require a virtual appointment.  To request a virtual drop-in, click the button below and provide your full name and the purpose of your “drop-in” request.

>>Virtual Drop-in Request

Advising by Virtual Appointment

Call 785-864-3617 to set up an appointment for all processes (except a reduced course load with approval on an electronic I-20).


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