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Division of Human Resources

International Students

Some aspects of the hiring process are different for international students.  Please review this section carefully to ensure you take the correct steps. International Student and Scholar Support offers more information specific to on campus employment for international students.

Most onboarding tasks are the same for international students, but the following steps of the hiring process are different.  

Foreign National Tax Information Form

As a new international student employee, you will be required to complete the Foreign National Tax Information Form as part of your onboarding process. If you are rehired at any point in your student years, the form MUST be updated upon each rehire so that Payroll has the most up-to-date biographical information and travel history for you. Please ensure that the necessary immigration documents, such as your visa, passport, and any other relevant supporting immigration documents for the visits indicated on page 3 of the Foreign National Tax Form, are included in the scanned form submission.



As an international employee, your W-4 is subject to restrictions and therefore is issued and monitored by USC’s Payroll Department.  You will be sent a W-4 form to ensure you are completing the form correctly. Contact the Payroll Department if you have any questions.


FICA Exemption

If you are a J-1 or F-1 student who is considered a non-resident alien for tax purposes and is performing services for the purpose of your visa, you are granted the FICA exemption under IRS Section 3121(b)(19).

As your employer, USC is prohibited from giving you any tax advice, including what to put on a tax form, and you should rely on the official instructions of your tax advisors.

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