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Referring F-1 and M-1 Students to SSA
We ask that you refer to a Social Security office to apply for Social Security numbers only F-1 students who have or have been offered on-campus jobs, or are authorized for certain off-campus employment, as permitted under DHS regulations. Also, any F-1 student authorized for CPT should have the employment page (page 3) of Form I-20 A-B completed. Any F-1 student authorized for other offcampus work, including optional practical training (OPT), must have an EAD from DHS. M-1 foreign students may only work, if authorized, in OPT and must have an EAD.
F-1 and M-1 Border Commuter Students
F-1 border commuter students who are nationals of Mexico or Canada may work, if authorized, in CPT or OPT. For CPT, the employment page (page 3) of the Form I-20 A-B must be completed by the DSO. For OPT, an EAD is required. M-1 border commuter students may only work, if authorized, in OPT and must have an EAD.
Last Updated: May 20, 2013