Obtaining The Social Security Number

For an International Student, it is imperative that one obtains a Social Security Number (SSN), if you have any plans to work in the United States. In the meanwhile you can work even when your SSN application is under purview.

These are the requirements:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Letter from your school, that recognizes you and identifies the employer, your curriculum etc.
  • Foreign passport that is not expired
  • Endorsed Form I-20, I-766 and I-94
  • Completed application to obtain a Social Security card.

It is very important for both F-1 and J-1 visa to notify and inform the DSO before you apply for the SSN. The DSO is the right person to hold your hand and rectify the errors that might have crept in, as it is very critical having any errors on Form I-20.

Also make sure that there are not any inconsistencies in Form I-94, as this will delay the process of availing a social security number. In order to get your social security number without any delay, the best option is applying for it (minimum) two working days after the last update to From I-20 in SEVIS.