Students holding J-1 visa status may work in the United States, both on and off-campus, but may only do so with prior authorization from their visa sponsor. The following information describes policies and procedures for individuals who have J-1 visa sponsorship from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (the DS-2019 must have been issued by UMass). If your visa sponsor is not UMass - for example IIE - you must obtain authorization directly from that sponsor. Our office cannot authorize employment for any student not sponsored by UMass.
J-2 visa holders are eligible to work in the United States as long as they have received proper J-2 visa holders are eligible to work in the United States as long as they have received proper authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): J-2 Employment Application. You may apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) after receiving your employment authorization card. Please go to the Social Security (SSN) website for more information regarding how to apply for your SSN.
Students may work anywhere on the UMass campus and must report assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and on-campus employment. Employment is limited to 20 hours per week (including assistantships) while school is in session, 40 hours a week during vacation periods (Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer). Employment at one of the other Five Colleges requires Academic Training approval.
Authorization is employer and date specific. For example, if you are authorized to work at Dining Services for August 27-December 13, you cannot work for another employer or outside those dates without additional authorization. Resubmit the J-1 Student Employment Authorization E-Form for additional authorization.
To apply, submit the J-1 Student Employment Authorization E-Form.
Please note that it will take 2 to 3 business days to process your application.