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Information for Binghamton University Employers

Effective October 13, 2004, international students in F-1 non-immigrant status who wish to apply for a Social Security Number must now show proof of employment, or evidence of a job offer, at the time they submit their Social Security Number application.

Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation that explains the new requirements.

If you have hired or intend to hire an international student in F-1 status, the link below will take you to a form letter that meets Social Security Administration requirements for evidence that an international student is employed on-campus at Binghamton University, or has an offer of on-campus employment. This letter is required in order for a student in F-1 non-immigrant status to apply for a Social Security Number.

Please note the following:

  • This letter is required only for students in F-1 non-immigrant status, and only for F-1s needing to apply for a Social Security Number
  • The linked form allows you to type text directly on screen
  • Once all spaces have been filled in, be sure to have your department, program or office letterhead in your printer, and press the print button. The letter is formatted to print on one page. The final step is to place an original signature on the letter. Photocopies are not accepted. An individual letter must be done for each student.
  • The student should then bring the letter to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services to be countersigned on the reverse side with the ISSS staff member's printed name, telephone number, signature and date. This is also a Social Security Administration requirement.

If the F-1 student has been issued a funding letter as a teaching assistant or graduate assistant, and the letter contains the approved wording provided by the Graduate School, no additional letter is needed provided that the funding letter is printed on department stationery and has an original signature.

F-1 students who are Research Foundation employees, either as Research Assistants or other Research Foundation job titles must obtain their employment letter from the Research Foundation Personnel Payroll Office, Couper Administration Building 208, regardless of what department or program employs them.

The student should then bring the funding letter to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services to be countersigned on the reverse side with the ISSS staff member's printed name, telephone number, signature and date. This is also a Social Security Administration requirement.

Click here to go to the form letter for on-campus employers on behalf of F-1 BU students who need to apply for a Social Security Number.

Last Updated: 10/8/14