Hiring International Students

On-Campus Departments Hiring International Students

International students on UNCW's F1 or J1 visa sponsorship (i.e., students who have a form I-20 or DS-2019 issued by the Office of International Programs) are allowed to work on-campus.  The rules for their on-campus employment are:

  • They can only work on campus while they are a UNCW student
  • Their immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) cannot be expired
  • They can work up to 20 hours a week during the regular semester
  • They may work up to 40 hours a week during summer and winter break.

F-1 and J-1 students complete the I-9 and related paperwork with the hiring unit and normally provide a foreign passport, I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94 card as documents that establish both identity and employment authorization (#5 on I-9).

J-1 Students Must Notify their Advisor of On-Campus Employment

J-1 students must use the J-1 On-Campus Work Authorization Form (PDF) to notify their their  International Student Adviser of their on-campus employment before they begin employment. F-1 students are not required to notify their advisor of on-campus employment.

Meeting with the UNCW Tax Office

If the student's on-campus employer is UNCW (instead of a non-UNCW service provider such as Aramark, or Barnes & Noble), then the student must meet with Lisa Eakins in the UNCW Accounting Office to make sure they are taxed correctly.  Students may make an appointment with Ms. Eakins by calling 910-962-2757. When meeting with Ms. Eakins, students must bring the following documents:

  • Social Security card
  • Visa
  • Passport
  • I-94
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Local and foreign addresses
  • Voided check for direct deposit purposes.

Applying for a Social Security Number

Students who do not have an SSN should apply as early as possible as it can take several weeks for a Social Security card to be issued. Students must meet with their International Student Adviser (in the Office of International Programs) to obtain a Social Security Memo before applying for an SSN.  For more information, see Applying for a Social Security Number (PDF).