International students are subject to U.S. immigration and labor laws that determine when employment in the U.S. is allowed. Note: in all cases, international students must obtain prior written authorization before accepting any employment. Do not accept employment without such authorization.
"Employment" is any type of work performed or services that is offered in exchange for compensation. Compensation typically takes the form of salary and/or stipends, but may include the equivalent in tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, or for any other benefit. International students should be aware of the restrictions on employment, since even inadvertent failure to comply with applicable employment regulations is considered a serious violation of immigration regulations.