Generally, F-1 international students are only permitted to work on-campus. However
in special circumstances, F-1 students may apply for CPT, OPT or economic hardship
work authorization. Contact the Designated School Official (DSO)
for more information.
J-1 exchange students are not permitted to work on campus.
Whether working on- campus or off-campus, international students who have been offered
a job in the U.S. must have a Social
Security Number (SSN) in order to be paid. F-1 students must present both
an Offer of Employment Letter and an Authorization to Work Letter to the Social
Security Office to apply for a SSN.
Download these instructions.
The local Social Security Administration Office is located at 4212 Park Place Court,
Suite B in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Below is the information regarding employment for international students while studying
at Randolph-Macon College:
F-1 students approved for standard post-completion optional practical training based
on a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field that
appears on the DHS STEM
Designated Degree Program List can apply to USCIS for a one-time 17-month
extension of post-completion OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 29 months).
Information on Optional Practical Training