Note: All abbreviations are followed by “#” and are defined in the glossary. Additional information on forms (##) and I-9 verification (###) is also provided.
International students who are enrolled in or have completed a degree program at a US college or university may be eligible for work experience in their field of study. F-1 students may be employed for up to 12 months, J-1 students for up to 18 months, or 36 months in a post-doctoral research position. UCONN does not have to file any documents (unless the student attended school here); students must get the authorization through the university they are attending. The hiring department must ensure that the job is in the student’s field of study and that the student has obtained the necessary employment authorization.
Type(s) of Payment
Length of Time to Process
*F-1 – varies around the country, approximately 1-3 months. School recommends, INS must authorize
*J-1 – no INS processing, the student’s school can authorize
Length of Stay
*F-1 – up to 12 months
*J-1 – up to 18 months; up to 36 months for postdoctoral research positions
*Requires no processing by UCONN hiring Department
*Some J-1 students may be subject to the two year home residence requirement (see J-1 section) and be ineligible to continue working after the training period expires
Required Document Summary
Forms Needed for Payment##
*Form W-4 and CT-W4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.
*I-9, copy of passport, visa, copy of I-94 AND: F-1s: I-20, Employment Authorization Document J-1s: DS2019, and Foreign National Information Form, and sponsor’s authorization letter.
*Form 8233 Exemption from Withholding on Compensation and applicable Revenue Statement if tax treaty exemption applies.
*Social Security number