International Student Employment

If you are legally maintaining status as an F-1 student, you are eligible to work no more than 20 hours (on-campus) per week. You may be employed full time during holidays and vacation periods, including summer vacations, provided you are eligible and intend to register for the next school term.

Working improperly or without authorization is a serious violation of your status. It is your responsibility to comply with all immigration and employment regulations which apply to F-1 students. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in the cancellation of your F-1 visa and/or being barred from re-entering the U.S. for period of up to 10 years.

PSU has an excellent support network in place for international student employees through the Global Education Office (located in the Bagley House) and The Center for Global Engagement (located in Mary Lyon Hall). Both offices work closely with PSU’s Human Resources Office.  Please contact Jessie Debow at the Global Education Office 535-2336 or Jane Bjerklie-Barry at the Center for Global Engagement 535-3372 for detailed information.  Additional information about International Employment can be found on the Resources for Students page.

On-Campus Employment

Both F-1 and J-1 students are allowed to work on-campus while attending Plymouth State University, up to 20 hours per week during academic terms and full time during vacation periods.  Students are responsible for securing their own employment on campus, and may begin working as soon as a University international student advisor has approved the required paperwork.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

OPT gives F-1 students the opportunity to gain paid practical experience in their field of study. OPT is available to students for up to 12 months after each educational level (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate). OPT is usually done after completion of a degree program.  OPT is authorized and awarded only through the US Dept of Homeland Security.  CPT is authorized for any student granted an internship or practicum as part of their degree completion.  CPT is authorized by one of the University’s international student advisors.  The Center for Global Engagement holds informational workshops on OPT as well as CPT every semester.  Please refer to the CPT and OPT webpage.

Social Security Numbers/Cards

Social Security numbers, for many reasons, have become part of living in the U.S. You must have already secured a job on campus in order to apply.  To apply for a number you will need to complete an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5).  Take the completed application to the local Social Security office in Concord, NH along with original documents to include: I-20, I-94, passport, PSU On-Campus Employment form, and a letter from the DSO. Work eligibility means evidence of employment such as letter from employer which describes your job, your start date, number of hours working, supervisor’s name and phone.

Taxes

If you are allowed to work in the U.S. and get paid for your services, you are required to pay taxes in the U.S. regardless of the type of visa that you have. Taxes are withheld regularly from each paycheck.  Visit the International Taxpayer section at the United State Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service siteto find out the required information on filing taxes.