To apply for a US Social Security Number (SSN), you should:

  • Learn about the documents you need
  • Complete and print the Social Security Card Application (Form SS-5)
  • Apply at the Social Security Card Center and ask for a receipt to verify your submission.

Important Notes

  • Wait 10 business days from the date you attend new student orientation before applying for your SSN.
  • Once you receive your Social Security Card (approximately 2-6 weeks via mail) UPDATE the following:
    • Your University records (i.e. the registrar)
    • Your personal records (banks, employer, etc.)
  • A Social Security Number will only be granted if it is needed for employment purposes.


SSN Application Documents

  • Complete Social Security Card Application Form
  • Proof of work-authorized immigration status
    • Valid Passport
    • Valid visa
    • I-94
    • I-20 with the employment page completed and signed by a P/DSO
    • Letter of enrollment verification from the International Student Office
      • How to request an Enrollment Verification Letter:
        • Submit a letter request HERE
    • Evidence of employment (i.e. a recent pay slip or letter from your employer)
  • Age
    • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Identity
    • An acceptable document for proof of identity must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information, and preferably, a recent photograph.