JCCC Campus Employment for F-1 Students


F-1 visa students are generally permitted to work part-time on the premises of the school that issued their valid I-20, while they are attending that school and maintaining their F-1 status. Following are the requirements for on-campus employment for F-1 visa students.

  • Permissible Work Location/Employer - Employer must be JCCC
  • Duration - Work for JCCC may be done throughout period student is pursuing a full course of study.
  • Hours per week - Limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session; can be full-time during official school breaks (Labor Day, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Martin Luther King Day, Spring Break, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and summer break - see academic calendar) as long as the student is eligible and intends to enroll in classes in the subsequent term.
  • Field/level of work - May be in any JCCC position that does not displace a U.S. worker; does not have to be related to course of study.
  • Employment can commence - Newly arrived F-1 visa students can begin employment up to thirty (30) days prior to the official start date of classes for the semester in which they will commence study at JCCC.

F-1 students transferring to JCCC can begin employment no sooner than thirty (30) days before the start date at JCCC.

  • Limitations - F-1 visa students may not be employed for JCCC during the 60-day grace period following the completion of a course of study or thereafter, except in the following situations:
  1. Employment between academic levels at the same institution. The regulations state that “A student who has been issued a JCCC I-20 to begin a new program who intends to enroll for the next regular academic year, term, or session at JCCC, may continue employment with JCCC if they are maintaining status.
  2. Employment authorized for OPT. If an F-1 student with a JCCC I-20 is able to work in the field in which they earned their JCCC degree and has been approved for optional practical training employment with JCCC, they may be employed by JCCC.
  3. Concurrently Students who hold a valid I-20 issued by another university or college and attend Enrolling Students: that institution as their primary university or college but who also concurrently attend JCCC, may not work for JCCC.
  • Termination of JCCC Employment - JCCC employment will be terminated when a JCCC I-20 student with an F-1 visa fails to comply with the regulations governing his or her status. For example, when a student enrolls in less than twelve credit hours without first receiving written permission on page three of his or her I-20, or is dropped from classes for non-attendance and is subsequently enrolled in less than twelve hours.

Types of JCCC Employment with JCCC

  • Part-time Temporary - part-time temporary positions are generally paid an hourly wage and may or may not be temporary in nature; they could be ongoing and are advertised on the JCCC website. The hourly wage of these positions is generally higher than the minimum wage paid by many off campus employers.
  • Part-time Regular - Part-time regular positions paid an hourly wage and do not have an employment end date and are advertised on the JCCC website. The hourly wage of these positions is generally higher than the minimum wage paid by many off campus employers.
  • Federal Work Study (FWS) - These part-time positions are not available to visa students.
  • Work Pool - These part-time temporary student positions are temporary and are not advertised. Work Pool positions are only for limited special projects or seasonal work. The hourly wage of these positions is generally higher than the minimum wage paid by many off campus employers.

Benefits of Working for JCCC

  • Hourly wage - for JCCC positions is generally higher than the minimum wage paid by many off-campus employers.
  • Part-time regular positions - for at least 20 hours per week offer:
  • In-state tuition benefit
  • Four hours paid vacation each month
  • One free credit class per semester
  • Eligible for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System