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Social Security Numbers

Social Security is the U.S. government's social insurance plan. It is intended to benefit retired people and certain people who are injured, disabled, or left without adequate means of financial support. It is financed by means of withholdings from employers' pay and employer's contributions. Virtually all Americans have a "Social Security number" which designates their account with the Social Security Administration. The Social Security number is also used when filing taxes and performing other critical functions.

  • Step I - Getting an Employment Eligibility Card and Completing the I-9 Form
  • Step II - Documentation Needed for a Social Security Number
  • Step III - Applying for a Social Security Number and Getting Paid
  • Questions?

Step I - Getting an Employment Eligibility Card and Completing the I-9 Form

New students who wish to work on-campus must first receive an offer of employment from an on-campus employer. At this time, your new supervisor will complete a 'Student Employment Verification Slip' for you to bring to the Student Employment Office so you will be able to get your Employment Eligibility Card.

You will be required to complete the government mandated I-9 Form and submit original documentation to prove identity and employment eligibility. This process must be completed in person in the Student Employment Office (SEO). The SEO is located in the University Services Center in Room 1350. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

In order to work on-campus, students must:

  • Be registered with full-time status.
  • Undergraduate Students: 12 credits
  • Graduate Students: 9 credits
  • Provide proof of on-campus employment, supplied by your employer. If you need to find a job on campus, check out the Getting a Job page on the Student Employment website for more information about how to find a job on-campus.
  • Complete the electronic I-9 process as mandated by the federal government. Part 1 is completed online, Students must bring the required identification to the Student Employment Office to complete the I-9.
    ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE ORIGINAL COPIES.
    PHOTOCOPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Pick up a Student Employment Office Eligibility Card from the office located at the University Services Center in room 1350.

Step II - Documentation Needed for a Social Security Number

  • The on-campus department hiring you will give you a Hire Form. Bring the form to International Student Services (ISS).
  • An international student advisor will complete the bottom section of the Hire Form and return the form to you.

Step III - Applying for a Social Security Number and Getting Paid

  • Bring the Hire Form, your Passport, and I-20 or IAP-66 to the Social Security Office to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN).
  • The Student Employment Office will process new hire paperwork to make sure that you receive payment for the work you do in your on-campus job.
  • Your paychecks will be sent to ISS for pickup until you receive your Social Security number.
  • A Social Security card with your Social Security number on it will be sent to ISS about 2 weeks after you apply and you will be informed by email to come to the office to pick it up.
  • When you have your Social Security number you will inform the Registrar's Office of your number.

Under this process, international students who have a Student Employment Office Eligibility Card may now be immediately hired and paid, but they must follow the critical steps above to remain on the Payroll without interruption.

Questions?

Employment

Rachel Nemeth

(585) 475-2631

rmnseo@rit.edu

International

Jeff Cox

(585) 475-6943

jwccst@rit.edu

Payroll

Christa Abugasea

(585) 475-2418

ceapay@rit.edu

 

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