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International Students

Where can international students work?

Yes. International students with an F-1 visa may only hold jobs on-campus, according to federal law. They may not hold any job off-campus. Students on a J-1 visa must receive special permission to work on-campus. Any questions on this should be referred to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

What documents do international students need to work?

International students will need to completed state and federal tax forms (W-4s) and the federal Employment Eligibility Form (I-9). The state and federal W-4 tax forms require completion in a specific manner for non-resident aliens. Students should consult the International Tax Office or the Student Employment Office for details. The I-9 form requires that students display original forms of identification, including the I-94, the I-20 and a passport. In addition, the student should visit the International Tax Office to complete documentation for Tax Treaty benefits. Appointments can be made on-line at

What are tax treaty benefits?

A tax treaty is an agreement between two governments under which each country agrees to reduce or exempt an individual from federal income tax withholding on his scholarship /fellowship grants and/or compensation payments. A tax treaty is an attempt to avoid double taxation of income. Not all countries have tax treaties with the US, but students should visit the International Tax Office for appropriate consultation.

Do I need a Social Security Card to work?

You do need a Social Security card, but you may begin work without one. Students are given a temporary number in order to begin working at Yale. However, in order to accurately file taxes, a social security card must be obtained.

How do I obtain a Social Security Card?

The Federal Government now requires that a student have proof of employment before they may obtain their card. Therefore a student must be hired on-line by the department with Student Employment. Once the department completed the hiring, the student must obtain a letter of support from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and proof of employment from the Student Employment. The student must take these two documents down to the Social Security Office in New Haven to apply for their card.

How do I update my Social Security number with Payroll?

Students should take the original of their Social Security card to their Registrar’s office. The Registrar will update the student’s records which in turn updated the Payroll system.

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