General Employment and Tax Information
EMPLOYMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & Scholars
Employment opportunities for international students are limited by Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and are available only to students who have maintained their immigration status and academic standing. International students at OSU must receive proper approval from ISS before beginning any type of work.
On Campus Working
- Part-Time student employee
Post Degree Working
- Internship (CPT option may also be available upon completion of degree)
Everyone who works at OSU must pay federal and state income taxes. OSU is required to withhold income taxes from your paycheck. After the end of the year, you must complete annual tax forms, which for some students will result in a refund of some of the tax that was withheld. These forms are due by April 15 each year. Workshops for international students are available each Spring to help with this process. Check the ISS electronic newsletter beginning in January for more information.
Students from certain countries may be able to reduce their tax liability through the benefits of an income tax treaty between the U.S. and their country. IF you qualify for treaty benefits, remember that you must sign a form each year. Check with the ISS office for assistance with tax treaty benefits.
Linda Dunbar, our International Tax Coordinator, is available to offer assistance in understanding your tax obligations and to assist you with claiming tax treaty benefits.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Everyone who works in the U.S. must obtain a Social Security Number (SSN). This is a government issued number. The ISS Office helps to facilitate the process, but we do not issue the number. The application process will be explained fully during orientation, but there are two things you should keep in mind. You should wait ten days after your arrival in the U.S. before applying for a Social Security Number and you must have a job before you apply for a Social Security Number. You may begin working and be paid even before receiving your Social Security Number.
Employer SSN Letter Template (This must be printed on letterhead)
Note: The SSN letter should be completed by the hiring department and printed on letterhead.