Resources for Current F-1 Students
How Do I?
Apply for a Social Security Number (SSN)
In order to be eligible for a SSN, F-1 international students must have an offer of on-campus paid employment. Our office will assist students through the process of applying for the SSN, and employment can begin on campus while a student is in the process of applying. Students who do not obtain an SSN due to not having a on-campus job, can apply for one through a paid internship, or their OPT approval. You should check the requirements of applying for an SSN, unique to your employment situation. International Student Services should always be notified when you apply for an SSN.
Transfer My SEVIS Record
If an F-1 student decides to transfer to another college, either during their undergraduate experience or for grad school (either following F&M graduation, or OPT), International Student Services must transfer your SEVIS record to you new instituion. This also avoids the student having to pay a new SEVIS fee. Students transferring should obtain a Transfer-In form from their new institution, and forward it to Jessica Haile (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the scheduled record transfer. Once their new institution has access to their SEVIS record, they can apply for, and obtain, a new I-20 from the office/individual who manages immigration procedures at that U.S. school.
More information about the SEVIS Transfer (and specifics for graduating seniors) can be found on the middle of this page:
Obtain My Current I-94
Every time after re-entering the U.S., F-1 international students should print out their new I-94 Arrival Record. The record can be obtained at the link below. Students will need to show this for many different processes (SSN applications, Driver's License/ID Card Services, Practical Training). Each new arrival will generate a new, unique arrival number, and proove that the student entered the country lawfully.
To obtain your number you will enter you date of birth, name as it appears on your passport, country of passport issuance, and passport number.
If students have trouble obtaining their number electronically, please contact International Student Services (email@example.com), who can then contact Customs & Border Protection on your behalf for assistance in retreiving it.