International students must have a paid job or an offer for a paid job before they can apply for a Social Security card. A letter must be submitted to prove you have employment and are eligible for a Social Security card.
The on-campus employer's letter must include:
- The name of the student employee
- Nature of job that the student is, or will be engaged in
- Anticipated or actual start date
- Number of hours student is expected to work
- Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Employer contact information, including telephone number and name of immediate supervisor
- Original signature, signatory title, and date
- You can find a sample employment letter online.
Note: A funding letter issued by the department or school for a J-1 scholar, graduate assistantship, teaching assistantship or research assistantship meets the requirements of the 'Employer's letter' stated above.
Once your employer has issued the letter, you need to bring it to the ISSS office during business hours. A designated school official (DSO) in ISSS will review your letter and sign it. You must take the letter with the DSO signature to the Social Security Administration office to apply for an SSN. Review the Steps to Apply for an SSN page for more information on the SSN application process.