There are specific rules governing employment for F-1 and J-1 statuses. Working without proper authorization is a serious violation of status and can impact future visa applications. Therefore, it is very important that you understand what employment is allowed for your status before beginning a new job or internship.
The definition of "employment" is not just limited to working for a paycheck. Employment can be considered any kind of remuneration for services. In addition to immigration law, when dealing with employment issues, you must also consider complex U.S. labor laws.
Please refer to the pages in this section for more information about employment options, as well as information regarding Social Security and taxes.