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Remember, you should always speak with your DSO (the Assistant Director for International Student Services) before pursuing any kind of employment.
Your F-1 student status permits you to work on-campus. You must maintain F-1 status to be eligible for this employment benefit; maintaining status means that you are a full-time registered student (except for approved exceptions) in good academic standing with a valid I-20. When school is in session, you may only work 20 hours per week.
If you are interested in finding an on-campus job, you should meet with the Career Center to set up an account on CareerSaint. This database advertises both on-campus and off-campus jobs. Filter your search to only look for on-campus payroll jobs. On-campus jobs are also advertised on flyers posted around campus—in the SSU, office bulletin boards, etc. You may also talk to the Center for International Programs for suggestions about on-campus employment. Be sure to start searching early in the semester while jobs are still open.
Once you secure a job, you must meet with your DSO for approval and to learn about the next step: getting a Social Security number.
How do I get a Social Security number/card?
Make an appointment with your DSO to discuss the Social Security application process. You can make an appointment by contacting email@example.com.
In order to have a more productive meeting, please be sure you carefully read our Social Security Application Checklist, and that you come prepared. Your DSO will be happy to answer any questions or help you complete any paperwork.
Early on during the fall and spring semesters, the Center for International Programs offers transportation to the Social Security Office in Albany. Please monitor your email for announcements, or ask your DSO when transportation might be provided.
After you apply for your Social Security number, you must contact the Payroll Department to complete the necessary paperwork. You may begin work while your Social Security Application is being processed.