J-1: Employment Information

Types of Employment Available (scroll down for full descriptions)

  • On-Campus
  • Off-Campus
    • Academic training
      • Description
      • How to Apply
    • Severe Economic Hardship
  • Special Student Relief Program


On campus employment is defined as employment which provides a paycheck from Purdue University. Positions include teaching assistantships, research assistantships, some fellowships, and hourly employment.

To obtain authorization for on-campus hourly employment, J-1 students need to have the on-campus employer complete a J-1 Student Employment Information Form and submit it to MyISS for approval during the semester of employment.

MyISS J-1 Employment Request Process

Gather the documents listed below.

  1. J-1 Student Employment Information Form
  2. Current Form DS 2019
  3. Passport
  4. J-1 visa
  5. Form I-94
  6. An authorization letter from the DS2019 program sponsor if it is not Purdue University.

Merge all documents into one PDF document and submit to MyISS>F-1 and J-1 Student Services>Upload Student Request for J-1's, selecting the option "On-Campus Employment Authorization"

Social Security Number

If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN; assigned to people who will be employed in the US), please to to the Current Student Services menu and open the All Students section. Then scroll down to the Social Security Number Application and follow the instructions based on the scenario that applies to you.

Graduate Assistantships

Students employed as teaching or research assistants (TAs or RAs) in the department listed on Form DS 2019 do not need to request this on-campus authorization each semester with ISS. Such students instead need to update the funding on their document to list Purdue University funding.

However, students who secure a TA or RA position in a different department than the one listed on their Form DS 2019 are required to complete the J-1 Student Employment Information Form and submit it to ISS for approval during the semester(s) of employment.

Hourly Restrictions 

J-1 students are restricted to the amount of hours per week they may work:

  • Fall/Spring academic semesters: maximum of 20 hours per week
  • Semester breaks, official school/summer vacation: full-time on campus
    • Exception: if a student is required to register for summer (such as with a Graduate Assistantship), only 20 hours per week maximum permitted

End of Program Ends Permission

Please note that on-campus employment is not permitted after completion of a degree program unless the student

  • has been issued a Form DS 2019 to begin a new program and intends to enroll for the following semester, or
  • has obtained Academic Training authorization to be employed on-campus.


Academic Training (AT)


AT is available in a J-1 student´s field of study before completion of a program of study as well as after completion of studies.  Every month in J-1 student status makes a J-1 student eligible for a month of AT up to a maximum duration of 18 months of AT.  An additional 18 months to this maximum is possible for J-1 students who obtain a Ph.D.

How to Apply for Academic Training (AT)

After gathering the documents listed below, merge all into one pdf document and upload to MyISS>F-1 and J-1 Student Services>Upload Student Request>Academic Training

  1. A letter from the prospective employer indicating:
    • Title of position
    • Length of employment including dates and location of employment
    • Annual salary
    • State the position is full or part-time, listing number of hours per week
    • A brief description of the goals and objectives of the employment
    • Name and address of supervisor
  2. Request Form for Academic Training Authorization
  3. Academic Training Authorization Form
  4. Current Form DS 2019
  5. Passport
  6. Form I-94
  7. Additional requirement for J-1 exchange students at Purdue through Study Abroad: Ask the Study Abroad office for confirmation that the home university does not object to your academic training request.

Note: Apply no later than 21 days after the completion of an academic program. AT must be authorized within 30 days of completing the degree. Failure to obtain authorization within 30 days will disqualify a J-1 student from being authorized for AT.

AT Extensions

Students currently on AT who wish to extend it can apply up to 90 days before the current AT end date.


Severe Economic Hardship

Students who experience a serious, unforeseen economic need which arises after arrival to the US may be able to apply for this special off-campus employment authorization. Students who believe that they may qualify for this option should see an ISS Immigration counselor.

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