International Students

Note: International students are NOT PERMITTED TO WORK OFF CAMPUS without special permission from the United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS). Contact International Student Services for information about working off campus.
You must enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours for undergraduate, 8 credit hours for graduate) for your first semester of attendance at BGSU.

Immigration law allows international students to work ON CAMPUS up to 20 hours (maximum) per week when classes are in session. Any work or service you perform as part of an assistantship counts toward the 20 hours per week limit. For example, if your assistantship requires 10 hours of service, you may work an additional 10 hours per week at another job on campus.

You are permitted to work up to 28 hours per week ONLY during summer sessions and official break periods. See the chart below for details.

Time Period

Eligible to Work up to 28 hours/week?

From the Sunday after Spring semester Commencement in May through the Saturday before Fall semester classes begin in August 

Yes

The week that includes Fall Break (during Fall semester)

No

The week that includes Thanksgiving Break (during Fall semester)

No

From the Sunday after Fall semester commencement in December through the Saturday before the first day of Spring Semester in January

Yes

The week that includes Spring Break in March

No

Any other week that includes a National Holiday

No

 

You may apply for an on-campus job listed as "Regular Employment." Campus jobs are listed as Regular and Federal Work Study (FWS). FWS is a need-based financial aid program: only US citizens and permanent residents may apply for jobs listed as "FWS only."

 

Students with the following documentation

Job Type

Eligible?

Job Type

Eligible?

U.S. citizens, or permanent residents with I-551, I-551C or I-94 endorsements

FWS

Yes

On-Campus Regular

Yes

F1, J1, J2* Visas

FWS

No

On-Campus Regular

Yes

*Note: People with J2 Visas may work only if authorized by the Center for International Programs.

Jobs are posted on WorkNet, which can be access with the links on the left column of this page. Read the job listings, contact employers, and set up interviews.
Once you have been hired:

  1. Ask your new employer for a print-out of your E-Hire.  This serves as your hire form and  indicates where you will be working on campus and the number of hours you will be working per week.
  2. Bring the E-Hire print-out to  International Student Services  and request a letter authorizing you to apply for a Social Security number.
  3. Take the letter and all other required documents listed on the letter to the Social Security Administration (SSA) office.
  4. Complete the application for a Social Security Number.
  5. Take the following items to Student Employment Services (225 Bowen-Thompson Student Union)
  • your unexpired passport,
  • I-20 Form,
  • and a bank deposit slip from your checking account for direct deposit.
  • your Form I-94 Admissions Number (which can be found on the USCIS web portal)

In our office you will complete:

  • Federal and State tax withholding forms,
  • a Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) exemption or enrollment form,
  • a tax treaty form,
  • an I-9 form, which is required in order for you to work on campus,
  • and a direct deposit form to deposit your paychecks directly into your local bank account.

When you complete your paperwork, you will be given a payday schedule.

If you have questions about the interviewing, hiring, or general employment practices on campus, please contact either Student Employment Services or the International Student Services.

Note: Once you receive your Social Security card, please take your card to the Payroll Office in Room 118 of the Huntington Building at 1851 N. Research Drive so your number can be added to your payroll record.