An advisor helping a student workerEmployment Resources

Please consult the resources before contacting OISS with OPT/CPT related questions. If you cannot find an answer to your questions in any of the resources below, please contact OISS to set up an appointment with one of our advisors. Learn more about Employment Resouces.

Social Security Number

A Social Security Number (SSN) is generally assigned to an individual who is authorized to work in the United States. Social Security numbers are used to report your wages to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits. You must have a valid offer of employment to be eligible for a US Social Security number. Visit our Social Security Number page for more information.

On-Campus Employment

F-1 or J-1 students must make an appointment with OISS before accepting any job offer. Failure to do so may jeopardize one's visa status.

Students may work 20 hours per week on campus with OISS approval. Students must complete a Permission for On-Campus Employment form in MyStatus and submit it to OISS before accepting on-campus employment.

Off-Campus Employment & F-1 Curricular Practical Training


  • Students must be in full-time status for nine months to be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
  • The internship must be an "integral" part of the curriculum for one's major course of study.
  • The internship must have been offered prior to CPT being authorized.
  • Students may only apply for CPT before completion of their study.

Application Process

  • Proof of enrollment in an internship course
  • Internship offer letter from employer stating:
    • The direct pertinence of the internship to the student's major course of study
    • Start and end date of the internship
    • Full-time or part-time
    • Employer name and address

Approval Process

Upon review of your application, OISS will issue a new SEVIS I-20 with the CPT Authorization

Things to Consider

Please note that use of full-time CPT for one year or more eliminates eligibility for 12 months Optional Practical Training (OPT). Use of part-time CPT does not affect the eligibility for Optional Practical Training.

International Student Taxes

All F-1 and J-1 students must file federal tax forms every year.

Tax Deadlines

  • April 15: if you have earned income in the U.S. (including scholarships and aid),
  • June 15: if you have not earned income in the U.S.

File Your Taxes Online Using Glacier

All students who work on campus and/or receive scholarships or assistantships must be entered into the Glacier Online Tax Compliance System. International students and scholars will receive an e-mail from containing a password and instructions on how to access the GLACIER Online Tax Compliance System. GLACIER is accessible via the Internet from any web-accessed computer from anywhere in the world. Once you receive your password and instructions, you must complete the information in GLACIER immediately. Upon completion of GLACIER registration, all international students, including law students, must submit the Tax Summary Report and W-4 to:

Sharmila Narayan
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 2200
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Telephone: (310) 338-5911

By registering with Glacier, you will enjoy the benefit of filing federal tax returns online.

Glacier tax assistance is only available to students registered with Glacier. Therefore, students who are not registered with Glacier but work on/off-campus may have to secure assistance for filing taxes. OISS provides general tax information and tax forms, but the OISS staff are not tax specialists. Therefore, we do not advise on taxes. 

Tax Webinar

Please view this Tax Webinar a 35 minute video which explains the core tax obligations for international students and scholars.

Additional Resources can be accessed at Sprintax Tax Prep Resource  

For more information on federal tax and tax treaty, please visit the Internal Revenue Service. For information on state tax, please visit the Franchise Tax Board.

Important: File Your Taxes

All F-1 and J-1 students must file their taxes, even if they do not earn any income. Submitting your taxes on time can have a strong influence on your odds to obtain a Green Card or other non-student visas following your graduation.