International students seeking employment, either on-campus or off-campus, must follow both University and Federal regulations governing international student employment. For additional information on any of the topics below, please see the employment section of the Forms and Documents page.

New Students - If you are a new student at OSU, you will need to complete the Immigration Document Check-In procedures and register full-time for your first term the Office of International Services can complete your form. The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) advises that applicants for a social security card should be in the United States for more than ten days before going to the social security office to apply. This allows time for arrival data from the Port of Entry to be entered in the primary system that the social security administration uses for authorization validation.

F-1 Students - Steps to Acquiring SSN

  1. Find a job - Use job search tools at the Career Development Center.

  2. Employer Certification - Ask your employer to complete the Employer Section of the Social Security Verification Letter (if applicable).

  3. OIS Verification - Bring the signed Social Security Verification Letter to International Programs for completion (if applicable) OR receive appropriate work authorization from OIS or US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

  4. Bring the following items to the Social Security office:

    • Original I-20

    • Valid passport

    • Copy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure form (front and back if a card, or if electronic go online to https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/)

    • Employment Verification:

      1. Social Security Verification Letter from OIS; OR

      2. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) approval (noted on page 2 of your I-20); OR

      3. Employment Authorization Document (EAD) issued by USCIS

      4. *Optional: Job offer letter*

Note: For non-EAD based F-1 student employment (CPT and on-campus employment) the Social Security Administration will accept an application for a social security number no more than 30 days in advance of the scheduled employment start date. In the case of EAD-based F-1 employment, the employment start date on the EAD must already have been reached before you can apply for a social security number.

Individuals in F-2 visa status are NOT eligible for social security numbers or employment.

J Students - Steps to Acquiring SSN

  1. Find a job - Use job search tools at the Career Development Center.

  2. Employer Certification - Ask your employer for a letter, on professional letterhead, stating their desire to hire you, the anticipated dates of employment, the hours expected per week, the position description, and the company’s address.

  3. OIS Verification - If you are a student sponsored by OSU, bring the letter from your employer and either the On-Campus Employment Authorization Request form or the Academic Training form to International Programs. Within 7 days, an International Student Advisor will create an “Employment Authorization Letter” for you verifying your authorization to work. Note: If OSU is not your program sponsor, you will need to contact your program sponsor to obtain an employment authorization letter.

  4. Bring the following items to the Social Security office:

J-1 Students

  • Original DS-2019

  • Valid passport

  • Copy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure form (front and back if a card, or if electronic go online to https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/)

  • Employment Authorization Letter from your program sponsor

  • For Academic Training positions only: Job offer letter

J-2 Dependents

J-2’s must first apply for employment authorization with USCIS. Please see an international student advisor for more information.

  • Original DS-2019 of dependent

  • Valid passport

  • Copy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure form (front and back if a card, or if electronic go online https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/)

  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) issued by USCIS

  • Job offer letter

Social Security Office Information

Social Security Office - Albany
Suite 110
1390 Waverly Drive SE
Albany, OR 97322

The Social Security office in Albany, OR can be reached by taking the bus. For more information please visit the Corvallis Transit System website.