On-Campus Employment

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F-1 and J-1 students are generally permitted to work on campus while enrolled full time and making normal progress toward completion of degree requirements. New students are eligible immediately after registering in classes and having checked in with OISS. It can be in any on-campus position that does not displace a U.S. worker; does not have to be related to course of study. 

On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session; this rule applies to students who are approved to enroll in reduced course load in the last semester before graduation, or during dissertation research period; it can be full-time during official school breaks. 

On-campus employment may take place at any Rutgers office, department, library, bookstore or cafeteria. Rutgers-Newark students may also work for Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers-Camden or RBHS. A Ph.D. student working on a research project directly related to your studies in an outside firm or organization but supervised by your academic advisor and paid through Rutgers University may also be considered as working on campus.

If you need to obtain a Social Security Number, the OISS has confirmed social security application procedures for Rutgers-Newark students. Please follow the steps listed below.

  • Submit an eform request through RGlobal: F-1 Student Services - Social Security Number/Payroll Request Form.
  • Visit the following link and enter your current zip code to locate your Social Security field office: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp The most popular Social Security Administration offices for our Rutgers-University Newark students are the Newark and Jersey City offices.
  • Once you learn of your field office location, reach out to the office directly by calling to confirm their social security application procedures and make an appointment. If you are a Rutgers-University Newark student but you don’t live in Newark, the Newark SSA office will allow you to apply at their Newark location.
  • If Newark is your field office OR if you attend Rutgers-University Newark, the Newark SSA office will take in-person appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please call to schedule an appointment with the Newark office at: 1-877-255-1507. You must have a scheduled appointment. You are NOT permitted to walk-in!
  • On the day of your appointment you must have completed a Social Security application packet which would include the following:
  • Hard copy of completed SSN application
  • Original valid passport with F-1 visa
  • Printed I-94 record
  • Original I-20 documents (both current and previous)
  • Employment Verification Form wet signed by hiring manager and OISS DSO

Please click on the link below to view the Social Security Number Checklist:
Application for Social Security Number Checklist





Key Contacts

Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC)226 & 227
48 New StreetNewarkNJ07102

OISS In-Person Walk-In Hours:

* No appointment necessary. *
Monday - Thursday: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

Virtual one-on-one appointments available at  Rutgers Newark - OISS (office365.com)