J-1 employment opportunities
Northern Arizona University offers J-1 students job
opportunities. Read more about the rules and requirements for employment.
On-campus employment may not begin before the first day of
class. You are allowed to work 20 hours a week on campus while school is in
Employment may be full time (40 hours a week) during
vacation periods for students who are eligible and intend to register for the next
academic term. International students can apply for student wage jobs only.
Once you receive a job offer, you need to provide your employer with the SSN Request form.
Social Security number
J-1 students are not eligible for a Social Security number
unless they have received a job offer and will be participating in authorized
employment. You do not need a Social Security number for:
- opening a bank account
- obtaining a cell phone
- renting an apartment
- any other non-tax related purposes
of a Social Security number is for income tax reporting.
Process after receiving a job offer
- Once your employer has completed the form, bring
it to the Center for International Education’s (CIE) front desk and drop it off
for your International Student Adviser. Your International Student Adviser will
fill out the bottom portion of the letter and e-mail you when your form is
ready to be picked up.
- You will take the form to the Social Security office
in Flagstaff, along with:
- a signed SSN Request Form
- Form DS-2019
- your valid passport
- your visa
- Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record)
Once you have applied for a number, you will be given a
receipt. You may begin working while you are waiting to be assigned a Social Security
All off-campus employment must be authorized in advance and follow
specific procedures outlined in the federal regulations. Do not work off campus
Academic training authorization permits a J-1 student to be
employed temporarily at a job directly related to his or her major field of
study. To be authorized to engage in academic training employment, a J-1
student must have received written approval in advance from the CIE for the
duration and type of academic training. Read the Academic Training Packet.
Students may receive authorization for off-campus employment
when necessary due to unforeseen economic circumstances that have arisen since
acquiring exchange visitor status.