Social Security Cards are issued by the Social Security Administration Office. For an international student to legally work, they must have a Social Security Card.
FOR ON CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT, DEPARTMENTS SHOULD DOWNLOAD THIS FORM AND WRITE F-1 STUDENTS AN EMPLOYMENT LETTER IN THE CORRESPONDING FORMAT.
If you have been offered a job on campus you should bring the following forms to the Social Security Administration Office:
If you are eligible for CPT, have gotten it approved by an academic advisor, and have applied at the International Office and received a new I-20 with CPT authorization on the 3rd page, you simply present your third page of your I-20 at the Social Security Office to apply for a Social Security Card.
Once you have applied for OPT and received your EAD card, you must bring that as proof of your employment authorization to the Social Security Office.