Published Jul 25, 2009
hi every body...i am RN in my country Jordan and i have worked as a nurse for 8 month. Now i am in US as a student ... i am trying to apply master in nursing . i would like to aske if i can work in US without i have ssn because i have to work to keep my practic as well as i can. what i have to do.
You may be able to do some work as a student but you need permission to work and usually for the first 12 months you are restricted to the campus. With permission to work you can apply for a SSN but there are restrictions on how much you can work and may have an impact on OPT. You also need to maintain your full time studies and would really should discuss this with your international advisor
Curricular Practical Training may be another option but you need to discuss this with your advisor and whether it will have an impact on your OPT http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students/cpt.htm ( I did see something on search that indicated that if you do 12 months of more on CPT then you are not eligible for OPT)
ghillbert, MSN, NP
Are you currently on a student visa? Sounds like yes, but then you say you're just applying to schools...??
You can not work without a SSN.
If you have F1 visa, you can do limited work on campus - check out the visa rules on the USCIS website. You definitely should contact the International Student office at whichever school sponsored your visa, and they can clarify the rules for you.
Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN
Another question when you say work, do you mean as a RN? You have to pass the NCLEX and obtain a license to work as a RN. Most MSN programs won't accept you unless you have a current RN license.
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