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Student Employment

Important information about student employment. We also review this topic at our International Student Orientation.

Students on F-1 or J-1 visas are generally permitted to work part-time on campus while attending UMass Dartmouth and maintaining full-time student status.


  • In some instances, students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are permitted to work off-campus.
  • Each kind of employment has its own regulations and limits.
  • Campus employment procedures must be followed to obtain required paperwork and permission.

Ask questions about anything you don't understand about international student employment. Not following the regulations can have serious consequences for your study and your visa status.

Social Security Numbers

You will need to apply for and receive a Social Security Number (SSN) from the U.S. Social Security Administration in order to work at UMass Dartmouth. Information about obtaining a Social Security Number is available:

In the U.S., your Social Security Number is used in many different kinds of record-keeping systems, so it is important to keep it private and give it only to organizations and persons who are authorized to ask you for it.

A frequently asked question is: will I pay Social Security taxes?

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