Employment

There are strict rules defining when employment is permitted for a student in F-1 status. On-campus employment means Radford University campus only (no other university) and is limited to 20 hours per week. Please contact IEC for any questions you may have before accepting on-campus employment.

On-campus during school

International students holding F-1 visas are eligible for any employment on Radford University’s campus while they remain full-time students in good status, provided their program sponsor approves this employment. Any employment must be limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session, but you may be permitted to work full-time during all school breaks. The rules apply equally to both undergraduate and graduate students and for all types of campus employment, from dining hall services to graduate assistant positions.

The three main employers of on-campus jobs are Radford University, Chartwells (dining services) and Barnes and Noble (bookstore). Radford University on-campus jobs listing can be found on the Hire a Highlander's site.

Once you have been offered a position on-campus, you will need to file for a Social Security Number.

F-1 Off-Campus Employment

There are strict rules defining when employment is permitted for a student in F-1 status. Off-campus employment must be approved by either USCIS or IEC before you are legally allowed to work. There are only a limited number of reasons for authorizing off campus employment. If you have questions about any potential employment, contact the IEC before you accept employment. 

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) [PDF]: authorized employment based on a requirement (i.e. internship/practicum) for your program of study.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) [PDF]: authorized employment for an international student to gain employment experience in their program of study.
  • Employment with an International Organization: authorized employment with a recognized international organization. Please contact the IEC for more information.
  • Employment based on Severe Economic Hardship: authorized employment based on a student facing unexpected extreme economic hardship that was not present when they began their program of study. Please contact the IEC for more information.