A student in valid F-1 status may work for on campus for Kenyon College up to 20 hours a week when school is in session and full-time during official school breaks or vacations. Please note this includes the Kenyon Inn and the Kenyon Bookstore (both owned by Kenyon) as well as the KAC, LBIS, and other departments and offices on campus. However, the Village Inn, Gambier Grill, the Weather Vane, and the Deli are not Kenyon-owned and so are not "on campus" for employment purposes. You may not work for off-campus businesses without authorization from US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Working without authorization off campus is a violation of your immigration status. Neither may you work for professors individually like babysitting, translating, or doing research (unless your compensation is paid by Kenyon College).
Your permission for on-campus employment ends if you withdraw from the college or when you graduate.
Students ready to work on campus should contact Lisa Jones in the Office of Student Employment, located in the Career Development Center:
When searching for a job, limit your applications to on-campus jobs to protect your immigration status.
Students will also need to apply for a Social Security Number from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please notify Marne Ausec or Lisa Swaim in the Center for Global Engagement once you have a job offer, so that we can help you prepare your Social Security application.
An F-1 student may be able to reduce or eliminate his/her tax obligations if the United States has negotiated a tax treaty with his/her country of citizenship. Please cooperate with the Accounting office when they contact you in order to determine your eligibility by completing the necessary forms.
There are two off-campus employment authorization categories available to non-immigrants in F-1 status at Kenyon College (OPT and Employment with an International Organization) but only one, OPT, is commonly used. Read on for information particular to each authorization category. Students must apply for written employment authorization prior to beginning any work. Unauthorized employment results in a loss of your legal immigration status