Hiring international students
International students need on-campus positions
International students are typically only allowed to work on campus due to their student visa statuses. Fortunately, there is usually little extra paperwork for an employer who hires international students and the recruitment and selection process is the same as for domestic students. International students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during academic terms and up to 40 hours per week during intersession breaks and over summer.
Hiring international students for your positions
Step 1: Post your job in Handshake.
International students all have Handshake accounts, so you can post your positions in Handshake following the normal recruitment and selection processes. Once you have interviewed, selected, and offered jobs to your candidates, if any of them are international students, they will need to request a Social Security Number before you can proceed with the hiring and onboarding process.
Step 2: The student requests a Social Security Number.
If they don’t already have a Social Security Number, the student visits iNAU to fill out a Social Security Number Request form. To complete this form, the student will need some information from their employer and supervisor, including their supervisor’s email and a signature verifying that they have been offered a job. The student will submit this form to ISSS and the hiring supervisor will receive an email from ISSS requesting confirmation of the employment offer.
Step 3: Proceed with the onboarding process per usual.
After confirming the employment offer via email, the hiring supervisor can proceed with the onboarding process. In some cases students may be permitted to start working prior to receiving their social security number. Human Resources verifies employment and payments for non-resident alien employees and can support on-campus employers of international students through this process.
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) answers employer questions
The office of International Student & Scholar Services at NAU is happy to answer further questions about any of these topics for any interested employer, on behalf of current students, and provides additional details for F-1 Student Employment or J-1 Student Employment.