International students in the US are permitted to work on-campus according to the Department of Homeland Security, and they may obtain a free social security card specifically for on-campus employment. However, it’s essential for international students to note that this social security card does not grant them authorization to work off-campus. Additionally, all international students in the US must be aware of their tax filing obligations with the IRS.
On-campus student employment
International students are allowed to work on-campus according to the Department of Homeland Security.
- To be able to work on-campus you must do the following:
- Be in status with immigration policies.
- Your U.S. student visa allows you to work on-campus up to 20 hours per week when school is in session and full-time during school break periods (up to 40 hours per week)
- Be attending classes fulltime at Walla Walla Community College.
- To apply for work on-campus you must do the following:
- Inform the DSO you are interested in working.
- Meet with WorkSource Employment Security on campus or the department that is hiring.
- Complete all forms required for employment and tax purposes with Payroll. Meet with the DSO for assistance with the employment forms.
- Have the level of English required for the position for which you are applying.
For international students with an F-1, the only off-campus employment allowed by the Department of Homeland Security is Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Students interested in OPT or CPT must apply to immigration for approval. See the section on Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
Optional practical training
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is work authorization for employment in the student’s field of study that is not part of the student’s academic program. It may be granted at four times in a student’s career: 1) during summer or other vacation periods; 2) part-time during the academic term (20 hours per week or less); 3) after the completion of the degree or in the case of graduate school 4) after the completion of all course requirements, but before completion of the thesis or dissertation. The USCIS will authorize a total of twelve (12) months of optional practical training for each degree completed.
Eligibility: A student must have been maintaining their student visa status for at least nine months before he/she is eligible for OPT. IEP students are not eligible for OPT.
When to apply: Students must apply for OPT within 30 days of your DSO entering recommendation for OPT into your SEVIS record, and may apply up to 90 days before you complete your degree, but no later than 60 days after you complete your degree.
As an international student in the US, it’s important to be aware that you have a tax filing obligation with the IRS.
If you did not work or receive any income in the US, you are legally obliged to file a Form 8843. If you worked or received a stipend, grant or allowance in the US you may also need to file a Form 1040NR.
Walla Walla Community College has arranged discounted access to Sprintax for you. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process, help you to prepare all of the necessary documents and will check if you are due a refund.
ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS:
- Register and follow the simple instructions
- Complete the online questionnaire
- Enter the discount code SpTx2019WWC11F5 on the ‘Review your order’ page
- Sprintax will prepare your tax forms.
All forms and instructions for filing are also available on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website: https://www.irs.gov/