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HOW TO APPLY FOR A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Who is eligible to apply? Generally speaking, social security numbers are available to F-1students after they have an offer of employment that meets the SSA standards and have obtained an original employer's letter.

WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY

*Attention: Original visa documents are required for the application process.

1. Completed application. Form SS-5 http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf

Note: On #5 Citizenship, on the SS-5 form, check off “Legal Alien Allowed to Work”   

2. Copy of your passport page with validity dates and signature*   

3. [All other documents based on your visa type-please see below.]   

a. F-1 visa holders must also have:   

Original Employer’s Letter (F1 student sample letter.doc) on hiring department’s letterhead and must be signed by the employing office.