Stephen F. Austin State University

Employment/SSN/Tax Information

Student Employment

While international students have limitations on where and how many hours they can work, there are many opportunities for employment. F-1 students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus. Student employment is facilitated online through Human Resources:

* If you are offered a job on campus, you are then eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN).

Applying for a Social Security Card

Once you have been offered a job on campus, follow these steps to apply for a social security card:

  1. Request a formal hiring letter from your department - please request that this letter be written on department letterhead, including the following details:
    • Job title
    • Start date
    • General description of job duties
  2. Bring hiring letter to OIP and request a Social Security Letter
  3. Return in 24 hours to pick up your letters and go to the Social Security Office in Lufkin, TX to apply for your card.

You must wait at least 10 days after you initially entered the United States to visit the Social Security office.

The Social Security Office is located at 702 East Denman Avenue in Lufkin, TX.

Lufkin is located about 25 miles South of Nacogdoches on Highway 59.

To contact the Social Security Office, please call: (877) 407-3442.

The office is open 9am-3pm from Monday - Friday except on Wednesdays when they close at 12 noon.

The office will close for all Federal holidays.

Be sure to bring the following items with you to the Social Security Office:

More information is available online at


Filing federal income tax forms is the personal responsibility of each international student.

Note: All International students are required to file Form 8843 with the IRS each year - regardless of income earned. Tax forms must be postmarked no later than April 15 of each year.

Where we are always happy to help, there are no tax professionals on staff in the OIP Office. If you have questions regarding your taxes, we highly recommend that you speak with a Certified Public Accountant or tax preparer (example: H&R Block).

International students should not use Turbo Tax to prepare their taxes as this program is for U.S. residents only. If you would like to file your taxes through an online system, please consider using Sprintax.