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Government Releases New Social Security Regulations for F-1 Students
On December 16, 2003, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released a proposed regulation changing the Social Security Number (SSN) issuance procedures for international students in F-1 immigration status. The changes are not actually new. Rather, they are the codification of long-standing local SSA practices.
Under the new proposed regulations, without a valid employment authorization document issued by the USCIS, SSA now requires an F-1 student to prove that he or she has secured a job before the agency will issue a Social Security number . According to the SSA, this increased evidentiary requirement is being proposed to reduce the opportunity for fraud and to prevent the misuse of SSNs.
In the past, the fact that an F-1 student was eligible for on-campus employment was sufficient for SSN issuance. Nevertheless, despite the lack of authority in the regulations, many local SSA offices were insisting on evidence of a secured position, or at least a pending job offer, before accepting SSN applications from F-1 students. The proposed rule codifies this longstanding, but controversial requirement.
According to SSA regulation 20 CFR 422.107, in order to apply for a SSN, a non-citizen must prove that he or she was admitted to the United States by USCIS in a status that is authorized for employment. Because they are not (and cannot be) authorized to work, SSA consistently denied SSNs to non-immigrants in the B, F-2, H-4, etc. statuses due to this regulation.
Because F-1 students are authorized to work on-campus incident to their status, the SSA in the past required only proof of their valid F-1 status before issuing a SSN. Nevertheless, some local SSA offices were requiring either an authorization from the designated school official (DSO) of the student, authorizing the student for on-campus employment, or proof of a secured on-campus position or a pending job offer before issuing the number . According to the new rules, an F-1 student, in addition to proving his or her lawful F status, must also demonstrate:
To meet the second requirement, the F-1 student must submit a letter from his/her DSO and employer. According to the proposed language of 20 CFR 422.107(e)(2), an F-1 student first must offer evidence from his/her DSO that he/she is authorized for employment. Then the student must offer documentation from the DSO that states:
In addition to A letter from the DSO, the student must also offer evidence of employment. The student must provide documentation proving that he/she is engaging in, or has secured employment (e.g., a statement from the student's employer).
The SSA states that the increased evidentiary burden is necessary for fraud prevention purposes and to protect the "integrity of the social security number system." Also, the SSA stated that they are trying to prevent the misuse of the SSNs by refusing to issue numbers to students without secured employment since "they do not intend to work but need an SSN to obtain goods or services in the community." Even though in practice Social Security numbers are an essential requirement and an integral part of our daily lives, the SSA has always emphasized that SSNs are for employment purposes only, and all of the other uses are incidental to their primary purpose.
The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register on December 16, 2003.
You will need the following items:
Social Security Office
You are required to pay taxes as an F1 student . This charge will appear at the middle of the semester in your student account. You need to pay this and other charges before you can enroll for classes for the following semester.
For more international student information, contact the Office of International Programs at (800) 868-6980, ext. 7409 or email@example.com
Our goal is for all international students to receive proper medical care. Due to the uncertainty of acceptability of international insurance in our facilities, all international students are required to have the international insurance provided through Shorter University.
As for international students who are also athletes, in addition to the medical insurance, there is a required athletic insurance through the Athletic Department (see below).
In addition to personal health insurance that all international and domestic athletes must have, there is also the required athletic insurance. To learn about the insurance requirements for athletes, please use the following link:
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The Department of Motor Vehicle Services (DMVS), formerly known as the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has once again changed names. The new name is the Department of Driver Services (DDS).
DDS has published a new set of documentary requirements for the issuance of a Georgia driver's license.. In short, a letter from the school will no longer be acceptable to prove address in Georgia.
The good news is that international students may not need to get a Georgia driver's license at all.
The specific provision can be found on page 147 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) at http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/GaCode/Title40.pdf 40-5-21(b) O.C.G.A.
(b) Notwithstanding any contrary provisions of Code Section 40-5-20 or subsection (a) of this Code section, a nonresident of this state who is attending a school in this state shall be exempt from the driver's licensing requirements of this chapter if and only if:
(1) He or she is at least 16 years of age and has in his or her immediate possession a valid license issued to him or her in his or her home state or country; provided, however, that any restrictions which would apply to a Georgia driver's license as a matter of law would apply to the privilege afforded to the out-of-state license; and
(2) He or she is currently enrolled in a school in this state, has paid for the current period of enrollment the tuition charged by the school to nonresidents of Georgia, and has in his or her possession proof of payment of such tuition for such current period of enrollment.
In short, an international student DOES NOT NEED TO GET A GEORGIA DRIVER'S LICENSE as long as he/she is registered as a student in a school in Georgia, and has paid his/her tuition for that semester/term.
If the student has a driver's license of a classification that would allow him/her to drive the particular vehicle in question, and does not have a valid Georgia Driver's License, then he/she should while driving have in his/her possession:
1) The foreign driver's license
Of course, students would probably benefit from getting a Georgia ID card (opening a bank account, getting a Blockbuster card, etc.) . Info on how to obtain one can be found at http://www.dds.ga.gov/drivers/DLdata.aspx?con=1747740603&ty=dl
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