How to Employ an International Student in My Organization
Who is considered an international student?
International students are those who have been admitted into the U.S. as an F-1 student by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) or approved for change of status to F-1 student by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
International students have Form I-94 showing class of admission as F-1 with Duration of Status (D/S) notation. They have been issued Form I-20 from UW Tacoma and their SEVIS record is in active status.
Prior Authorization NOT Needed: Students are permitted to work on-campus without receiving authorization from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Caution: UW Tacoma International Students are only allowed to work on-campus at UW Tacoma campus. They are not allowed to take on-campus jobs at Bothell nor Seattle campus as those locations are not considered on-campus.
Type of Job: Students may engage in any type of on-campus student jobs.
Employment Period: Students can begin on-campus employment as early as 30 days before their initial quarter start date. Their employment must end by the Friday of their final quarter.
Work Hour Limits: Students are limited to working 19.5 hours per week when classes are in session but may work up to 40 hours per week during breaks.
Work Location: Jobs must be located on UWT premise or on an off-campus site that is educationally affiliated with UW Tacoma. For telework, follow the policy established by UW HR.
Prior Authorization Needed: Students must have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) approval prior to begin working. CPT needs to be approved by ISSS and OPT will need approval from USCIS. For more info, visit: CPT and OPT resource page.
Type of Job: Job must be relevant to their major field of study.
Employment Period: For CPT, their Form I-20 shows approved employment period. For OPT, their Employment Authorization Card (EAD) shows valid dates.
Work Hour Limits: For both CPT and OPT, 20 or less hours/ week is considered part-time and more than 20 hours/ week is considered full-time. For CPT, their Form I-20 shows part-time or full-time approval. OPT is typically approved for full time and they must work at least 20 hours/ week.
Work Location: Jobs can be located anywhere in the U.S.
Social Security Numbers (SSN)
It’s common for international students to not have a social security number. Once students have a job offer, they can apply for an SSN.