International students on an F-1 visa are not permitted to obtain employment anywhere but on campus.

Obtaining A Social Security Card


  • You need to either have a job on the Regis campus, or a co-op job.
  • Bring a letter from the department on their letterhead stating the following:
      • The name of the department for which you are working
      • The name of your supervisor
      • How much you are getting paid
      • How many hours a week you will be working
      • The type of work you will be doing
  • Fill out the Letter Request Form, which is available in the International Student Services Office requesting a letter to obtain a Social Security Number.
  • Submit your completed request form and the letter from the department for which you will be working to the Director.
  • We will inform you when you can come back to pick up the letter for the Social Security Office.
  • Take the following items to the Social Security Office, which is located at 135 Beaver St #120
    Waltham, 1-800-772-1213.
      • Your letter from the ISS Office
      • Letter from your department that you give to the ISS Office
      • Your Passport
      • Your I-94 (small white card in your passport)
      • DS-2019 or I-20
  • When you are at the Social Security Office, you will fill out an application and they will make copies of your immigration documents.
  • It takes approximately two to eight weeks for you to receive the Social Security Card in the mail.
  • When you receive your Social Security number, you must notify Human Resources.


All international students, regardless of whether or not they have a US source of income, must file federal income tax forms. In Massachusetts, state income tax forms also must be filed if money is earned in the USA. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code contains special provisions, which apply to no immigrant in F and J statuses. Factors affecting tax obligation include the following:

  1. US residency v. non-residency. This refers to tax residency status, not I-94 status.
  2. Tax treaties between the USA and the person's home government
  3. Income earned in the USA and Massachusetts v. unearned income
  4. How earned income is spent

April 15 is the deadline each year for filing tax forms on income earned during the preceding calendar year. Each year toward the end of January, every US employer prepares a "W-2 Form" for each employee showing the amount earned during the preceding tax year and the amount of taxes, federal and state, withheld. This W-2 Form is used in preparing income tax forms, Andre the amount withheld exceeds the amount of tax obligation, a tax return must be filed in order to receive the refund.

You must have a Social Security Number to file income tax returns. If you, y our spouse, or your children are ineligible for a Social Security Number, you must apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. This may be obtained from the IRS at the Social Security Administration offices. You will first need to obtain the form W-7 from the IRS website.

After leaving the US, tax forms can be obtained from the nearest US consulate or from the IRS website for use in filing taxes for the preceding calendar year. These forms are available in January of the following year. It is important to keep records of financial transactions to use in completing income tax forms. It is also important to keep a copy of all income tax forms submitted, as well as supporting documentation.

David Crisci

Center for Global Connections
College Hall 207
Skype: Regiscgc

Regis College International Student Services: Employment