International Student Information

Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS)

OISSS provides information about a wide range of topics useful to incoming international students and scholars, both before and after their arrival in the United States. 

Applying for a Social Security Number

A U.S. Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary workers under section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act. A U.S Social Security number is required for tax purposes and is required to set up direct deposit in Workday. Please visit the OISSS website for information on the Social Security application process. Once a student receives their Social Security card, they must bring the card to the HR Service Center in Page-Robinson Hall.

Direct Deposit

Only individuals who have a U.S. Social Security Number will be able to elect Direct Deposit in Workday. The alternative payment method will be live paychecks until individuals have a U.S. Social Security Number entered into Workday. Please contact the HR Service Center for assistance with entering a social security number in Workday.

 Tax Obligations for International Students, Scholars and Staff

ALL international students, scholars, and staff are required to submit an income tax filing each year by mid-April for the time they are in the U.S. during the previous calendar year. Brown University provides its students and scholars with tax assessment programs (FNIS) for those working or earning income at Brown and tax preparation software (GLACIER) for non-resident aliens filing income tax returns. Please visit the OISSS website for additional information. 

Work Eligibility

  • International students can work no more than 20 hours per week when classes are in session. Working more than 20 hours when classes are in session violates visa requirements.
  • International students are not limited when classes are not in session during designated University breaks (Winter or Summer).
     

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