Bridgewater State University
International Student and Scholar Services
On-Campus Student Employment
for International Students
On-campus employment is a benefit of the F-1 or J-1 student status. Students who maintain legal student status and are enrolled at BSU are eligible to work on campus. International students seeking on-campus employment are responsible for securing employment on their own merit. On-campus employment must either be performed on the school's premises, (including on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on-campus, such as the school bookstore or cafeteria), or at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the school.
Employment with on-site commercial firms, such as a construction company building a school building, which do not provide direct student services is not deemed on-campus employment. In the case of a transfer in SEVIS, the student may only engage in on-campus employment at the school having jurisdiction over the student's SEVIS record.
F-1 students who enter the U.S. on an "Initial" I-20 may not begin on-campus employment more than 30 days prior to the actual start of classes.
The Social Security Administration's (SSA) regulations require you to have a job offer prior to applying for your social security number. Click here for more information.
- students are paid as a part of their financial aid package.
International students are NOT eligible for this type of employment.
- students are paid out of the departmental budget.
International undergraduate students are eligible for this type of on-campus employment.
Hourly Employee - international graduate students are eligible for this type of employment.
Graduate Assistantship - international graduate students are eligible for this type of employment.
Graduate Research Assistantship - international graduate students are eligible for this type of employment.
Student Employment has a database of available jobs on campus. On the listings, make sure you look for non-work study jobs. You can look under jobs for 'All students". Graduate students may apply for non-work study jobs listed here, but they need to be employed as hourly employees.
Networking on campus also provides opportunities to find a job.
On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours/week while school is session and up to 40 hours/week during official school breaks and vacations.
International students are eligible to work on campus on a part-time basis, which is 20 hours per week or less when school is in session.
During vacation periods (summer and winter), if you are eligible and intend to register for the next semester, you may work on campus for 21 hours or more, which is defined by the USCIS as full-time employment.
All international students seeking authorization to work on campus must maintain F-1/ J-1 immigration status.
International students must demonstrate eligibility by verifying their immigration documents with ISS.
Undergraduate students must have a GPA of 2.0 and graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0.
Dependents of F-1 or J-1 visa holders, who hold the F-2 or J-2 visa, may not work.
All individuals who will be employed in the United States must have a SSN.
Students who do not have a SSN must first apply for one at the Social Security Administration.
Students who enter the U.S. on an "Initial" I-20 must wait for minimum 10 business days prior to applying for a SSN.
Find a job on campus.
Once you have found a new job on campus, you need to have your supervisor fill out the Verification of On-campus Employment Form. Take the form to your supervisor and have him/her fill it out in BLUE ink.
Once it is filled out, bring it to ISS. We will verify the information and sign the form for you.
Take the verified form, as well as your immigration documents (passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019, I-94) to the nearest Social Security Administration office. There is also an official application form that you need to fill out. See below for the addresses of the nearest SSA offices.
If approved, your card should be mailed to you in approximately two weeks. Make sure you get a receipt before you leave the SSA Office.
Note: It may take from 3 days to a month to obtain a SSN. SSA will not process an application for a SSN if it is more than 30 days in advance of the scheduled employment start date.
Take the receipt or the Social Security Card to Student Employment and complete all required paperwork.
30 Christy's Drive, Brockton, MA
102 Dean Street, Taunton, MA
Both offices are open: Monday - Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
Last Modified: August 30, 2012