On-Campus Employment - F-1 Employment Basics and Eligibility

  • F-1 students that maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher and are in legal status are eligible for on-campus employment.
  • F-1 Students are eligible to work on campus for 20 hours a week during the quarter. An F-1 student may, however, work on campus full-time when school is not in session or during the annual vacation. The Seattle Community College District only allows part time employees to work 16 hours per week.
  • F-1 Students are NOT allowed to work off campus without prior approval from a DSO with the IP Office or US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

How to Find a Job On Campus & How to Apply for a Social Security Number

  1. Go to the Center for International Education Office to pick up an On-Campus Employment Form
  2. Find an open position on campus and apply for the job
  3. Once you have been offered a position ask the supervisor to complete the On-Campus Employment Form
  4. Bring the signed form to the Center for International Education Office and turn it in with a completed Student Request Form Student Request Form
  5. Visit the nearest Social Security Administration office to apply for a social security number.
  6. You will need to have the following documents to apply for a social security card:

    • The Employment Letter prepared by the Center for International Education Office (Please do not open)
    • Original I-20
    • I-94 card or print off the electronic I-94 - www.cbp.gov/I94
  7. Once you receive your social security card you will need to present the card to your supervisor and to the Registration Office to have the number put into the Student Management System

Local Social Security Administration Offices

The Social Security Office Locator enables students to locate the nearest Social Security Administration office based on their US Postal Service zip code. Students can also find information and directions to the nearest office on the following web site: www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling: 1-800-772-1213

Closest Office to South:

  • 151 SW 156th Street,
  • Burien, WA, 98166

Downtown Seattle Office

  • 915 2nd Ave, Suite 901
  • Seattle, WA 98174

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South Seattle College: The Center for International Education

6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106 | Phone: +1-206-934-5360 | Fax: +1-206-934-5836 | cie@seattlecolleges.edu | Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm