International Student Affairs

International Student Work Authorization Process

To be eligible to work on campus, you must be registered as a full-time student (12 credits for undergraduates and 8 credits for graduate students). You may not work more than 20 hours a week during the school year.

To work on campus, you must complete the following steps:

Certification of F-1 Student On-Campus Employment

  1. Contact your on-campus employer to obtain and fill out a Certification of F-1 Student On-Campus Employment for Social Security Number form.
  2. Part A: Your on-campus employer must sign "Part A" of the Certification of F-1 Student On-Campus Employment for Social Security Number form.
  3. Part B: The Office of International Student Affairs Staff must sign "Part B" of the Certification of F-1 Student On-Campus Employment for Social Security Number form. Bring your form, as well as your your passport, I-20, and I-94 to the Office of International Student Affairs, 120 Boylston St,10th floor.
  4. Take the completed Certification of F-1 Student On-Campus Employment for Social Security Number form, a completed social security application form, your valid passport, your I-94 card, and your I-20 form to the Social Security Office. The Boston office is in the O'Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, first floor (near the North Station T stop), or go to another local office.
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  5. Make sure to bring your receipt back to Emerson with you.

Obtaining a Work Authorization Form

  1. Complete a W-4 form and an I-9 form in the Office of Financial Aid. Make sure to have your identifying documents with you, including the receipt from the Social Security Administration. The W-4 form determines how much tax is withheld from an employee's paycheck. The I-9 form verifies that you are legally able to work in the U.S.—within the confines of your F-1 status.
  2. Once you have completed the I-9 and W-4 forms, the Student Employment coordinator will verify they have been completed correctly and inform your supervisor that the paperwork is completed.
  3. Both you and your supervisor will be emailed by the Student Employment coordinator when your portion of the Work Authorization form must be completed online.
  4. If the Work Authorization form is completed properly, the Student Employment coordinator will authorize you to work. Both you and your supervisor will receive an email when this occurs.

Obtaining Access to Your Timesheet

  1. You should receive your Social Security card in two to three weeks. You cannot access your timesheet until you have provided a valid Social Security number.
  2. Bring your Social Security card along with your Emerson ID to the Office of Financial Aid, 216 Tremont St, 4th floor.
  3. Your Social Security number will be added to your Emerson College record, and your timesheet will be set up within two to three business days.

After successful completion of the above steps, you are authorized to work! Congratulations!

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