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While studying in the U.S., there are federal government regulations that international students must adhere to. The following information will guide you through the process.
Students holding an F-1 visa must adhere to federal government regulations regarding Curricular Practical Training (CPT). International students working as interns in the U.S. are participating in CPT. The federal government states that international students interning in the U.S. must have their internship tied to their academic program. Because no program at NYIT requires students to complete an internship, international students must receive academic credit for their internship experience.
Each academic program has a course related to internships or externships. International students must be registered for this course for the semester that they are doing their internship (CPT). For every semester that an international student interning (CPT) they must be registered in the internship course in the department. This is how international students receive credit during the internship and meet the federal requirement.
Regardless of if the international student is being paid or not, the student must receive credit for their internship (CPT). Unpaid internships should not be confused with volunteering.
Steps for CPT (curricular practical training)
To get a social security number an international student must get a job in the U.S. This could be an on-campus job or an internship. Volunteer positions do not qualify for getting a social security card.
International students do not need a social security number to work in the U.S. It violates labor laws to require job applicants to have social security cards. When an international student gets a position the student's foreign passport, I-94, and position are enough documentation to begin working legally. If the student is getting paid, the student can then apply for a social security card.
To apply for a social security card the student must have the employer's information, supervisor's information, tax ID of the employing organization, and additional documentation as directed by the student's DSO. For assistance with this procedure, please contact International Education.