International students sometimes struggle with Social Security numbers

Many international students want to work in order to pay for college. Therefore, in order to work in the U.S., every student of category F visa is eligible to have a Social Security number.

Social Security numbers are assigned to people who have the right to work in the U.S. These numbers were implemented to provide the government with information about wages, control paid taxes, and identify Social Security eligibility.

When international students come to the U.S., some have issues with the process.

“Unfortunately, I changed my major because of the SSN. I had to take a few courses out of the campus and these courses were required for the major. They needed a SSN so I couldn’t take the courses. Now I am with a new major, ” Annsar said.

The first Social Security Administration’s request is to provide evidence that a student is eligible to work. This requirement includes being a full-time student and having a formal offer from the campus employment department or being authorized to work by Academic Training, Optional Practical Training, or Curricular Practical Training.

A Social Security number is not required for purposes not related to work such as obtaining a driving license, insurance, and admission to an academic institution.

“CUW could help you with job here on campus, but as an international student you can work out of the campus due to your visa conditions, ” Alresheedi said.

The Social Security Administration must verify the student’s immigration documents before issuing the Social Security number. These documents must include a student’s name, a recent photo, and identifying information. New students are not eligible to apply for a number until 10 business days after entering the U.S.

Tale of the Tape: Concordia Football


As the fourth week of the Division III football season rolls around, the Falcons enter their bye week with a 2-1 record. As they, along with the rest of the teams in the NACC start conference play, let’s recap the season so far.

During the first two weeks of the season, the Falcons went 2-0. The first, a 31-14 win at Finlandia demonstrated roster depth as the Falcons were without several starters, including junior quarterback Aaron Nixon. His replacement, senior quarterback Joe Federico, threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns while the Falcons’ defense gave up only seven points to the Lions offense. The Lions also scored as a result of a special team error by the Falcons.

The second game again demonstrated the strength of the Falcons’ defense. The Falcons only allowed 14 points in a 24-14 victory over an Augsburg team that defeated Concordia in a 54-21 rout last season. The victory is the Falcons’ first win over the Auggies in six seasons.

“We’ve had a lot of quality wins as a program, but I don’t know if there has been a bigger one than this,” Falcons Head Coach Greg Etter said.

Following the first 2-0 start in the Greg Etter era, the team lost a close game to Alma 31-28, as the Scots scored with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to take the lead.

“I think the first half of the game was somewhat of a wake up call for our guys,” said Etter. “The second half I felt we played like the score was zero, zero and played much better.”

The Falcons will begin NACC conference play at Lakeland University October 1 at 1 p.m. After last year’s debacle against the rival Muskies, which ended in a post-game brawl, the entire team been focused and locked in.

“It’s been great to see our guys locked in within every aspect of preparation this week. Our senior leadership has done a great job setting the tone for the rest of the team and I think it’s going to lead to a lot of success,” Etter said.

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CUW and UW-Milwaukee Celebrate Eid al-Adha


Eid al-Adha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast”, is one of the two great holidays in Islam, celebrated on the 10th day of the 12th month of the Muslim calendar Zul-Hijjah all over the world. Eid al-Adha honors the act of submission to the Gods commands. Within this holiday Muslims recall the great humility and the God-honoring.

One feature of the feast of Eid al-Adha is that in this day and for the next three days Muslims perform a sacrifice and then donate the meat to relatives, friends, and to the needy and poor people. Thus, the great feast symbolizes compassion and unity, concern for fellows, and compassion for those in need.

“Sacrifice Feast” for Muslims is the time of manifestation of obedience to the Allah, the appreciation to the Almighty for the given blessings, the time of deep spiritual joy, and unity with coreligionists.

The Saudi Club at CUW put on an event September 17 with the Saudi club at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for all Saudi students in Milwaukee to celebrate this day.

“The Saudi club at CUW and UWM worked so hard to make this event happen we just want the students feel like home when they see all these Muslims in one place and celebrating this event,’’ Saudi Club President Naif Abduljabar said.

Abduljabar sent an invite via Facebook so all the Saudi students knew about all the details about this event.

The history of this holiday contains a big lesson for Muslims, it is an example of the patience and humility. It shows to all the believers that they all will receive relief and mercy from the Almighty for the displayed merits.

CUW’s Bluff

CUW’s bluff one of the most beautiful attractions on campus. Students, faculty and individuals in the community enjoy the bluff and all it has to offer.

The bluff’s length is 2,700, overlooks Lake Michigan, and includes more than 200 steps. The path leads to the lake shoreline, including a walkway which is great for those who enjoy walking and running. In addition, a boardwalk and beach are located at the bottom of the bluff.

CUW students enjoy using the bluff during its prime season, summer time, when they can swim, make bonfires and hang out.

According to student Megan Stingle, the bluff includes plenty of things to do.


“I love the bluff here on campus, as do many others. When the weather is nice, I like to take walks on the bluff, sit on the rocks, and sometimes will watch the sunset. It’s very therapeutic, and as a student we need all forms of therapy we can get. The scenery is absolutely stunning, you have the lake, the trees, and can observe wildlife,” Stingle said.

Also, the university has attempted to maintain the bluff during the last decade. The bluff was eroding, so the university completed a project to stop it. Safety is a concern for university administration, student and surrounding community.

The bluff is a natural beauty for students, faculty and the community. Contact campus safety for more information.


Lead Now! Speaker Series

Education. Entrepreneurship. Innovation. These emerging topics were the focus of the “Lead Now!” talks the university hosted on April 8.

The first of its kind on Concordia University Wisconsin’s campus, the talks were success with more than 190 Lutheran administrators and university faculty and students in attendance, according to the Lutheran Education Association (LEA).

The “Lead Now!” talks are an adaptation of the widely popular online TED Talks series, which features experts speaking in their areas of study on a wide variety of subjects. The series featured speakers from the university’s leadership team, including President Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D., Dr. Bernard Bull. Dr. Michael Uden, Gretchen Jameson, and Dr. Dan Sem.

The Friday evening included presenters speaking for 18 minutes on leadership with emphasis on the emerging topics of education, entrepreneurship and innovation.

“We’re focused on the intersection of innovation and leadership, on what leadership looks like. Particularly on the context of 21st century learning and education. But even more significantly on why leadership at every level is an essential element to build truly excellent schools,” CUW Secondary Education Department Chair and event emcee Dr. Jim Pingel said.

The speakers shared advice, research, and personal stories to educate and inspire listeners in different techniques of and roles within leadership.

“Our goal is to build schools where students not only learn, but thrive and excel. And, of course, most importantly where our students come to recognize their unique purpose as children of the Heavenly Father and saints of their Savior Jesus Christ,” Dr. Pingel said.

The LEA organized the “Lead Now!” event. It served as the capstone event of the National Administrators Conference, which is offered to administrators and counselors from across the country to address emerging issues in education.

A recorded version of the conference is available online: follow the link to the coverage.