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SSN Request Letter for On-Campus Employment

Students who have been offered on-campus paid position must apply for Social Security Number (SSN) request.

Upon approval, students will receive one letter from Student Employment Office and another letter from International Student Services (ISS).  

IMPORTANT! Please do NOT make this request more than 30 days before the start date of your position. If letters are issued more than 30 days before the start date, they will be rejected at Social Security (SS) Office.

On-Campus Employment Policy for Int'l Students

Students may work on-campus for no more than 20 hours while enrolled in courses and no more than 40 hours per week while not enrolled in courses including university breaks.

Students must enroll for at least 6 credits in the current semester or upcoming semester in order to work on-campus.

Students who graduated may not continue working on-campus unless have been approved for the Post-Completion OPT, present EAD card to the Payroll office AND the position is related to their program of studies. For more information, please contact ISS.

Students may NOT start working without presenting a receipt from SS Office to Payroll Office verifying that they applied for SSN.

J-1 Students ONLY: J-1 students will need a written permission from ISS office before accepting on-campus employment. To request this, please email: iss@plu.edu PLEASE DO NOT FILL OUT THIS FORM BEFORE RECEIVING THIS PERMISSION.


Student Information



This number can be found at the top right on the first page of your I-20. It has 10 digits and stars with N000


Employment Information

Please verify information below with your employer in advance.




Please do NOT make this request more than 30 days before the start date of your position. If letters are issued more than 30 days before the start date, they will be rejected at Social Security (SS) Office.



What's Next?

Please allow 5 business days for Student Employment Office and ISS to issue your letters. You will receive emails when they are ready.

When picking up letter from Student Employment Office, make sure to bring your I-20, Passport and printed I-94 (for more info go to: www.plu.edu/iss/current-students/i-94) . You will be asked to fill out I-9 and W-4 forms. Student Employment Office is located in RAM 112. 

For ISS, please go to the SIL front desk located in AUC 161. Please bring your PLU ID Card for verification.

Fill out and print out Form SS-5.

Bring two letters, Form SS-5, Passport,  I-94, and I-20 to SS Office:

  • Suite A, 2608 S 47th St. Tacoma, WA  98409
  • Office Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9AM-3PM, Wednesdays: 9AM-12PM.

SS Office will give you a receipt indicating that you applied for SSN. Students may NOT start working without presenting this receipt to Payroll Office (located at the corner of 121st St and Park Ave).

You will receive SS card within 2-3 weeks in the mail. After receiving SS card, you must bring it to Payroll Office.

 

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