On-Campus Employment

  • Definition
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Limitations
  • Process
  • Job Opportunities
  • U.S. Taxes

Definition

Regulations regarding on campus employment may be found under 8 CFR 214.2(f)(9)(i).

  • On-campus employment must either be performed on the university’s premises, (including on-site commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as the university’s bookstore or cafeteria), or at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the university.
  • Employment with on-site commercial firms, such as a construction company building a university building, which do not provide direct student services, is not considered on-campus employment. In the case of off-campus locations, the educational affiliation must be associated with the school’s established curriculum or related to contractually funded research projects at the post-graduate level.
  • You are authorized to work on-campus throughout full-time enrollment in your degree program as long as you maintain valid immigration status. If you are not in valid immigration status or you have a reinstatement pending, you are not eligible for any type of employment authorization.

Eligibility Requirements

  • When you initially enter the U.S. to begin a new course of study, you may not start on-campus employment more than 30 days prior to the actual start of your classes.
  • You are eligible for on-campus employment once you have been registered in SEVIS during your first semester at Missouri S&T.

Limitations

  • You may not engage in on-campus employment after completing a course of study, except for optional practical training (OPT) which requires authorization from USCIS and DOS.
  • You may not engage in on-campus employment if you do not have a valid immigration status or you have a reinstatement pending with USCIS and DOS.
  • You are limited to 20 cumulative hours per week while school is in session. You can work full-time during official school breaks.

Process

  • You must receive an official job offer letter from the on-campus employer.
  • You must complete and submit the on-campus employment offer form to International Affairs (IA) for processing.
  • When your on-campus employment form has been approved by the IA, you will receive an email from ia@mst.edu to pick up your on-campus employment form.
  • Use your on-campus employment form to begin applying for a social security number with the SSN office.

Job Opportunities

  • The Career Opportunities and Employer Relations Office (COER) is dedicated to helping students and alumni find part-time and full-time employment.
  • To learn more about available on-campus employment opportunities, please visit: http://career.mst.edu/ or visit the COER office on the third floor of Norwood Hall.

U.S. Taxes

 

WHO MUST FILE TAX FORMS FOR THE 2018 TAX SEASON?

If you were physically in the U.S. in F or J status anytime between January 1 - December 31, 2018, you're obligated to send one form, Form 8843, to the U.S. tax agency Internal Revenue Service (IRS), even if you had no income. For the 2018 tax season, if you earn $1 of U.S. source income or greater, you may need to file a federal tax return with the IRS. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may also need to file a state tax return(s).  You may also visit the IRS webpage for more information on taxation of Nonresident Aliens.

 

TAX FILING DEADLINE

April 15th is the last day for residents and non-residents who earned U.S. income to file Federal tax returns for each calendar year.

 

RESIDENT OR NON-RESIDENT FOR FEDERAL TAX PURPOSES

Generally, most international students & scholars who are on FJM or Q visas are considered non-residents for tax purposes. International undergraduate students on J1 & F1 visas are automatically considered non-resident for their first 5 calendar years in the US, whilst Scholars/Researchers on J visas are automatically considered non-residents for 2 out of the last 6 calendar years in the US. If you’ve been in the US for longer than the 5 or 2 year periods, the Substantial Presence Test will determine your tax residency.

 

EXEMPTIONS

You may qualify for tax exemptions if your home country has a tax treaty with the United States. 

 

HOW TO FILE

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has partnered with Sprintax to assist international students and scholars at Missouri S&T to complete their federal income tax forms.  Once the software is available, OIA will email all international students the current tax year’s access code and instructions for utilizing Sprintax.  Sprintax access codes used in previous years will not work for utilizing the software for the current tax year.  Sprintax is typically available by the end of February each year.  Please note that OIA and all other university staff are not qualified or allowed to provide individual tax advice.

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**DISCLAIMER: The Office of International Affairs and the university are NOT permitted to assist any student/scholar with any IRS tax form preparation or tax-related questions.  The information provided is intended for your benefit.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to Sprintax, a certified tax preparer or a local IRS field office.