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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 a 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 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. 

3. 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 other employers are aware of your other jobs and that between all jobs you work no more than 20 hours per week.

What to do if you change 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 Number

Any international student working in the United States is required to have a Social Security Number (SSN). The SSN functions as your tax identification number. You will not be able to begin work at ENC without a SSN or a letter or approval for a SSN from the Social Security Administration. For information about how to apply for a SSN see the information to the right. 

 

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.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a SSN if you have any of the following types of U.S. work authorizations:

  • 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

Where to Apply

1250 Hancock St Suite 210n
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169

Social Security Office Phone Number

800-772-1213 or TTY: 800-325-0778

Social Security Office Hours

Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Except On Federal Holidays

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 your 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.

Applying for a Social Security Number

In order to work in the United States you will be required to get a Social Security number. 

You will need to apply for a SSN at the Social Security Administration Office.

  • 10 days after date of entry into the U.S.
  • provide all original immigration documents ( I-94, Visa, I-20, passport)
  • Letter confirming job on campus from Employer ( Campus Employer)
  • Letter confirming job on campus from Designated School Official

Social Security Office Location

As of March 17, this office will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19. They are still accepting mail and online applications.

1250 Hancock St Suite 210n
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169

Social Security Office Phone Number

800-772-1213 or TTY: 800-325-0778

Social Security Office Hours

Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Except On Federal Holidays