F-1 students who maintain legal status are permitted to work part-time on-campus only, up to twenty hours per week during the spring and fall semesters, and up to forty hours per week during vacations. Please see the section Employment Options for F-1 Visa Students.
An F-1 student may not accept off-campus employment at any time during the first year of study. After you have been in-status for one academic year, speak with the International Student Advisor to see if you are eligible for any-time of off-campus employment or internship.
Under certain limited circumstances, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may grant permission to accept off-campus employment after one year, in the case of severe, unforeseen economic hardship.
Please note that the U.S. government is very strict about working without authorization. Working illegally may subject you to deportation.