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Steps for Hiring International Students

International students are not eligible for the Federal Work Study (FWS) program and may only work under the Institutional Employment (IE) program. If the student has not found a position, but would like to search for one, you may refer them to the HireADore job bank to peruse a list of available positions or refer them to this website.

If the student has worked on campus before the process below should have been already completed. Please complete a PAF Turnaround. No other paperwork is required.

If the student is a new hire to Vanderbilt campus , once a position is offered, all international students should take the following steps:

  • If the student does not have a social security number: The student should take along an authorized letter/form from the Vanderbilt University International Student & Scholars Services (ISSS) with appropriate signatures documenting the person has a job or job offer, along with immigration documents, to the Social Security Administration(SSA). The student should obtain a receipt from SSA showing application of their social security number.

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  • W-4: Please refer to the International Student Employee Checklist. If additional assistance is needed, the student should email
  • International Tax Office reviews/completes:
      • W-4
      • Tax Treaty forms, if applicable
      • The Tax Summary Report (TSR)
  • I-9: The student will complete this process at Vanderbilt HR Express located at 2525 West End Ave. The student will need a copy of their social security card or the SS5 receipt issued by the Social Security Administration.
  • Hiring department reviews/completes:
      • New Hire Personnel Action Form (PAF) ~ A US-issued Social Security number is required or proof that one has been applied for. Attach a copy of the SSA receipt (a copy also sent to the International Tax Office). If the SSN has not been received, use the student’s Commodore ID
      • Forward document to Student Employment at 2309 West End Ave.
  • International students are limited to working 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Full-time employment (21-40 hours per week) is allowed during vacation periods and Summer for enrolled and continuing students.



Students looking for a job should visit
Getting Hired at Vanderbilt.

HireADore online job bank
and a
SnagAJob mobile app are available.

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