Employment and Social Security Numbers
- F-visa students cannot work on campus during their first semester at ONU.
- J-visa students are typically not approved to work on campus.
- F and J visa students are not legally permitted to work off campus.
How Do I Get a Job?
- Jobs which are listed as "work study" are only available to U.S. citizens., therefore you must look for "non-work-study" jobs.
- Job postings are available at the Polar Careers database - log in with your email address and password, and search for "Student Employment Jobs" or you can make an appointment to speak with someone at the Polar Careers office, McIntosh 2nd Floor. Ask classmates, professors, and friends if they know of any jobs available on campus. Also, go to any office on campus and ask if they are hiring students (academic offices, residence halls, library, etc.).
Click here for step-by-step tips on how to apply for a job with Polar Careers.
Also, click here for tips on how to identify possible job opportunities.
What Should I Do After I Get a Job?
- In order to be eligible to work, and to get paid, you must have a social security number. First step is to obtain a Verification of Employment letter from your supervisor in the office/department in which you're working. This is a sample Verification of Employment letter.
- Schedule an appointment with International Services because they must also write a Work Eligibility letter for you.
- Bring Verification of Employment letter to the International Services office
- Now, you must formally apply for a Social Security Number because you cannot work without one. Contact Jamienne Scott in International Services for assistance and follow the procedures below.
How to Apply for a Social Security Number
- Gather the following documents:
- Take all the above documents to the Lima branch of the Social Security Office.
Their office is open Monday-Friday (9:00am-3:00pm) and is located at:
401 West North Street
Lima, OH 45801
When Can I Start Actually Working?
- You can begin working as soon as you can show proof that you have applied for a social security number (receipt from the Social Security office). It will take about two weeks for you to receive your number and card in the mail.
- As soon as you have applied for the Social Security Number, you must go to Human Resources in the Lehr building at ONU to get set up for payroll and timesheets. You must bring: passport, I-94, proof of application for the social security number (receipt). Once your social security card arrives, show it to Human Resources. Human Resources will have you fill out an I-9 and other tax forms. If you have any questions about those forms, direct your questions to HR.
Are There Rules to Working On Campus?
Visit this webpage to find more information about ONU's Student Employment Program http://www.onu.edu/administration/human_resources/student_employment/general_information
Current Student Pay Rates:
$8.08/hour - Normal student pay rate, both work-study and non-work-study
$9.39/hour - Law research
$11.20/hour - Computing and technical
$13.36/hour - Grant research
International students cannot work more than 15 hours a week during the academic year. During breaks and summer, most international students can work more than 15 hours.
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