On-Campus Employment for International Students

Obtaining a Job On Campus

Student Employment Services is located in 236 Netzer Administration Building. Students are encouraged to contact them with any questions regarding on-campus jobs. ses@oneonta.edu

For current campus job listings, go to the Student Employment Services webpage and register with HandShake as directed.

The Career Development Center (CDC) is located in 128 Hunt Union. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment through the CDC website assistance with interview practice, cover letters, and resumes.

See the CDC's resume review & appointment instructions (students must upload their existing resume first through a link).

Obtaining a Social Security Card

An F-1 or J-1 student may apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) only when securing an on-campus job.
The student must also:

  • Be enrolled in a full-time course load
  • Receive a genuine offer of employment, in writing, and present that offer letter to the OGE
  • The offer letter must contain a start date of employment, position held, & hours to be worked
  • Have no financial encumbrances on their student account
  • Must be in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must be intent on taking the on-campus job
  • Be expected to maintain the on-campus job for at least one full academic semester
  • Must be in F1 or J-1 status
  • Must be registered in SEVIS already (occurs at the beginning of each semester by the DSO/international student advisor)

Upon receiving an on-campus job offer, contact the OGE in 128 Hunt Union.

  • Send a copy of your employment offer letter to the OGE
  • Important: Departments will contact the OGE if they write an offer letter and the student does not show up for employment. This may result in the rescinding of your letter for the Social Security Office

After receiving the on-campus employment offer letter and contacting the OGE, visit the Social Security Website: www.ssa.gov/number-card.

Then select "Request a Social Security Number" (Number for the first time), and "Start Application."

After you've submitted the request online, then schedule an appointment with the local Social Security Office on Main Street in Oneonta within 45 calendar days from the date you submitted the online request. You will need to present the following to the Social Security Office:

  • Confirmation that you completed the SS-5 (Social Security Number Application) online *link above
  • Student ID
  • Current Form I-20
  • I-94 (travel history)
  • Valid Passport and F-1 Visa
  • Original signed offer letter of employment

The Social Security Office will mail you the SSN card within 2-4 weeks to your local address

Please Note: Students should not schedule their SSN appointment more than 30 days prior to your job start date. If the application is submitted earlier than this, the application may be denied.

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