Steps to apply for a Social Security Number

Obtain proof of eligibility

Immigration Status  Documents Needed
F-1/J1 Students

Obtain a letter of employment from your on-campus employer and have it endorsed by the ISSS. See the information online for more instructions regarding the letter.

Once you have a letter from your on-campus employer, you will need to bring the letter to ISSS during office hours for a signature. 

F-1 Students on OPT EAD card
F-1 Students on CPT CPT authorization on I-20 and job offer letter
J-1 Research Scholars, Professors and Short-term Scholars Offer/invitation letter from your academic department
J-2 Dependents Obtain an Employment Authorization Document issued from USCIS

Apply for an SSN

Apply at the Social Security Administration office located at 2 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. You will need the following documents:

  1. Your passport
  2. Your SEVIS I-20/DS 2019
  3. Your I-94 form
  4. A completed Social Security application
  5. Proof of employment eligibility

All the documents have to be originals. Photocopies or notarized copies will not be accepted.

Average processing times for a Social Security card is two to four weeks. The card will be mailed to you, so you will need to make sure that your name is on your mailbox as it will not be delivered otherwise. For more information regarding work authorization, on or off campus, visit our employment page.