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Immigration Advisories

Immigration Advisory

Sept. 17, 2021

  1. On-campus employment reminder
  2. Follow us on Instagram
  3. Social Security scam
  4. Career Services workshop series
  5. Join us for meditation

  1. On-campus employment reminder

If you are in valid F-1 status, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week on campus. Please remember that you cannot work more than 20 hours a week or you will be out of status. No authorization from International Student and Scholar Services is required for on-campus employment for F-1 students.

If you are in valid J-1 status, you must receive approval from International Student and Scholar Services or your sponsor before you can begin work on campus. Once approved, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week. If your previous work authorization has expired, please complete the J-1 On-Campus Employment Authorization Request at mypassport.wsu.edu.

Off-campus employment is not allowed unless you are authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or have received an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from the U.S. government that allows you to work off campus. Working off campus without authorization will lead to termination of your I-20 or DS-2019 and accrual of time toward a visa ban, so it is important to follow these rules.


  1. Follow us on Instagram

International Student and Scholar Services is on Instagram! Join the growing number of followers on our interactive page: instagram.com/wsu_ipintlservices/.


  1. Social Security scam

Every semester there are several scam calls where the caller is seeking personal information. The calls include individuals posing as employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) or federal agents; they are seeking personal information and often threatening future arrest warrants unless the recipient provides information. The information requested includes name, Social Security number, and bank information. Another scam uses an email that is designed to look like it came from Social Security. It provides information about the annual cost-of-living adjustment and directs readers to a website designed to look like Social Security’s site, so people could update their personal information. THESE ARE SCAMS! DO NOT GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.

To combat such scams, please note: Social Security will NOT call or send you an email asking you for your personal information (Social Security number, date of birth, etc.). Do NOT reply to these calls or emails.

If you are uncertain about the validity of an inquiry reportedly from “Social Security,” contact your local Social Security office or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to verify the request. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The SSA will NEVER call and ask for your Social Security number. It won’t ask you to pay anything. And it won’t call to threaten your benefits.
  • Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID.
  • NEVER give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Do NOT confirm the last 4 digits. Do NOT give a bank account or credit card number to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
  • Anyone who tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card, or send cash is a scammer.
  • Always REPORT SOCIAL SECURITY SCAMS TO SOCIAL SECURITY.

You may report suspicious activity or communications claiming to be from the Social Security Administration to the Social Security Fraud Hotline:

Fraud Reporting Form: ssa.gov/fraudreport/oig/public_fraud_reporting/form.htm

If you believe you have been a victim of an IRS impersonation scam, you can report that activity to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

The Federal Trade Commission has many resources to help you report and recover from identity theft: consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SHARED INFORMATION

Report it to your local police or the WSU Police: 509-335-8548.

Call your local bank and credit card companies to let them know that you have been the victim of a scam and that you provided personal information.


  1. Career Services workshop series

Are you about to start your career? Do you know how to package your international experience to help you stand out? Enhance your education by attending one or more workshops offered by International Programs Career Services.

Thursday, Sept. 23 |3:30 p.m. | Kruegel G-10

International Professionals Panel

Hear the stories of how international faculty and staff came into their current positions and ask them questions to find out how you can do the same.

Thursday, October 14 | 3:30 p.m. | Kruegel G-10

Résumés, Cover Letters and Skill Building

Write a résumé and cover letter and build your skills to get a job.

For more information, visit ip.wsu.edu/ip-career-services/training


  1. Join us for meditation

Relieve stress. Lengthen your attention span. Improve sleep. Get in touch with who you are. Decrease pain.

Thursdays

Aug. 26 to Dec. 16, 2021

2 sessions each Thursday 4:10-4:20 p.m. | 4:30-4:45 p.m.

1) Bryan Hall under the trees

September 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21

2) Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center Turtle Room

October 28
November 4, 11
December 2, 16