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International Student Resources: Employment & Taxes

This is a libguide with resources for international students at Eastern Nazarene College

Employment Options for F-1 Students at ENC

On Campus Employment

Many international students at ENC make an income by working an on-campus job. On-campus employment refers to any job on the ENC campus that is paid by the College. As an international student, you may hold an hourly or stipend position on campus. You will not be eligible for any work-study positions as they are part of a federally funded program. 

How do I get authorization to work on campus?

F-1 international students do not need to get prior authorization to work an on-campus job. Despite this, you must abide by the conditions of your F-1 status in order to maintain legal immigration status.

Submit a letter to the DSO that describes the type of work you will be doing, the department's affiliation with ENC, and the number of hours per week you will be working. 

Rules for Working Legally on Campus

  1. Enroll as a full-time student. (Full-time is at least 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and 6 credit hours per semester for graduate students.)
  2. Work no more than a total of 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. 
  • If you have a stipend job that lists 20 hours a week, you may not work another job as your job is listed as 20 hours per week. 
  1. Work full-time only during official College breaks: Summer Break, Winter Break, Spring Break.

ENC student employees are subject to certain limits. If you have multiple on-campus jobs, please make sure that all your supervisors are aware of your other jobs and that between all jobs you are strictly limited to no more than 20 hours per week.

Changing On-Campus Jobs

Talk to the DSO before you change jobs. This will allow the DSO to ensure the new position qualifies as on-campus employment and ensure the DSO has the correct employment information in your SEVIS record. 

Social Security Cards

A Social Security Number (SSN) is a unique identification number that allows the United States government to monitor your taxable wages earned as an employee in the U.S. As an international student or scholar, you only qualify for a Social Security Card if you have authorization to work in the U.S.

The SSN does not give you U.S. employment authorization. It simply provides an identifying number for you to be paid for a U.S. job and for your employer to deduct the appropriate taxes on behalf of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

A Social Security Number, which appears on the Social Security Card, is not required for you to open a U.S. bank account, buy a cell phone, or rent an apartment. The SSN is requested for these and many other financial transactions because it is commonly used to check U.S. financial credit history, but you will only be eligible for a SSN if you have authorization to work in the U.S.


You are eligible to apply for a SSN 10 days after your date of entry into the U.S.  You must have one of the following types of U.S. work authorizations:

  • Offered an on-campus job or have already begun working at an on-campus job
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization, and received your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and the validity period of your EAD has begun

How to Apply

You will need to go in person to the Social Security Administration Office (see information at the right for the Quincy location).  You are eligible to apply 10 days after date of entry into the U.S.

Complete the Application for Social Security Card.  You may either fill in the fields on your computer using Adobe Acrobat before printing and signing it or you can print the form and fill out the spaces very clearly using black ink.

You will need to provide the following documentation:

  • All of your original immigration documents (I-94, Visa, I-20, passport)
  • Official letter from ENC's Human Resources department confirming your job offer from an on-campus employer
  • Official letter from a DSO confirming that you are an F-1 student in good standing

Receiving Your Social Security Card and Number

The Social Security Administration may need some time to verify your current immigration status before they can issue a Social Security Card. In most cases, a Social Security Card should be mailed to the address you listed on your application form within 14 business days. If you do not receive a Social Security Card within 30-60 days, you should contact the Social Security Administration via telephone at 800-772-1213 or visit the Social Security Administration website to ask about the status of your pending application.

The notation on the Social Security Card should read “Valid for Employment Only with DHS Authorization.” This clarifies to any employer that the Social Security Card itself does not give you work permission in the U.S. and that you will need to obtain separate work permission in order to start working. To find out more about employment authorization, please contact an ENC DSO or visit the Employment page on our website.

Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration


SSA Office Location

1515 Hancock St, Suite 305
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
Map & Directions


SSA Office Hours

Except On Federal Holidays

Monday   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday   Closed
Sunday   Closed


SSA Phone Numbers

National:  800-772-1213
Quincy:  866-593-4392
TTY: 800-325-0778


Social Security Multilanguage Gateway

800-772-1213 for free language interpretation services, available between 7:00am and 7:00pm.