Employment is defined as any type of work performed or services provided in exchange for payment in the form of money, tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, food, or any other benefit.
Like all non-immigrant visa categories in the U.S., the F-1 visa category is limited by certain restrictions on employment. In order to maintain valid F-1 status, a student must NOT work in the United States, unless the employment is legally authorized. DO NOT assume that you are automatically eligible to work in the U.S. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) considers unauthorized employment to be a serious violation of F-1 status.
There are two types of employment that are generally available to F-1 undergraduate international students at Princeton University: On-campus employment and Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment. You may review general information and application instructions for these employment options in this section. For more information, please consult with an international student advisor.