On Campus Employment

Students enrolled full time, in good academic standing, maintaining an F-1 or J-1 status are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and full time during university breaks, including summer, winter, and spring break. Official breaks begin on the day after the final exam per the UALR academic calendar.

On-campus part-time employment opportunities are offered through departments and offices throughout campus. Positions are based on departmental resources and are competitive. International students should not depend upon finding a job on campus as their means of financial support.

Types of on-campus employment include:

  • Teaching or research assistantship
  • Donaghey Student Center (DSC) in the food court or the gym
  • Ottenheimer Library
  • Academic Success Center

Many positions on campus are funded by the federal work-study program. Unfortunately, international students do not qualify for these positions.

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.
    • IELP students are not eligible for employment of any kind
    • After program completion (graduation), students become ineligible for on-campus employment without OPT authorization.
  • Current students who are transferring to another school in the following semester
    • If a transfer will take place in the fall, students are not eligible to work at UALR in the summer
  • Maintaining active F-1 or J-1 immigration status
    • Students with a terminated I-20 or DS-2019 may not work on campus until their status has been corrected. 

Steps for Receiving On-Campus Work Authorization 

Once you are offered an on-campus job, make sure you are enrolled in a full-course load of classes for the current or upcoming semester.

Approval will be given by ISS and confirmed to the Office of Human Resources for as long as your I-20 or DS-2019 is valid and your employment situation remains as it is indicated on your NRA Employment Form. Any change of position or hours will need to be reported to ISS by the steps below.

Submit Online NRA Form

The form will ask you a series of questions and allow you to upload documents. The form may require some or all of the following:

  • Job offer letter from the hiring department
    • Letter should be on departmental letterhead, signed and dated.
    • The letter should include the expected hours per week and whether the work will be conducted on campus.
  • Passport
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • I-94 Arrival Card
  • EAD (Employment Authorization Document) if you are currently on OPT

The form will also require you to check statements of understanding. You will be responsible for maintaining your immigration requirements, including those related to your employment eligibility while you work on campus.

After you submit your the documents listed above, an International Student Advisor will:

  • Check your your enrollment and verify that you are maintaining your immigration status
  • Complete the advisor portion of the NRA Employment Form and update internal records
  • Send your documents to Human Resources, notifying them that you are eligible for the position
  • Write your Social Security Number Support Letter, if an SSN is needed
  • Notify you by UALR email that you may now visit Human Resources to compelete your New Hire paperwork and tell you that your SSN letter is ready to pick up, if needed

After receiving notice from International Student Services:

Learn More about Applying for a Social Security Number