F-1 International Student Hiring Guidelines
Please instruct all F-1 students to contact their International Student Advisor to review this information if they have questions.
Working While Awaiting a Social Security Number
An F-1 student may work while the Social Security number application is being processed. Employers may wish to reference SSA’s fact sheet, Employer Responsibilities When Hiring Foreign Workers. This fact sheet contains information on how to report wages for an employee who has not yet received a SSN.
Social Security Administration regulations have changed with regard to F-1 international students as of October 13, 2004. F-1 students are able to obtain a Social Security Number only when they can show proof of a job offer. When requesting the SSN, the student must present two letters to the Social Security Administration Office confirming the job offer; one from the (supervisor) employer, and one from the Designated School Official or International Student Advisor.
The EIN must appear on BOTH forms from Oakland Community College: please verify that the EIN is preprinted on the supervisor's letter.
It is important to note that while it can take up to two weeks to receive the SSN
card by mail, the student can be given a receipt from the Social Security Administration office showing the Social Security Number
within 24 hours of requesting the number. Please note that the student must request at the time of application that they may
return the next business day to pick up the receipt. The receipt, with the SSN number
printed on it, is sufficient for the student to begin their student assistant employment,
according to the OCC Payroll Department.