Applying for a Social Security Number
A social security number (SSN) is a nine digit unique identification number assigned by the U.S. Social Security Administration to monitor and tax wages earned by employees in the U.S. It does not grant employment authorization, but it is required for all individuals employed in the U.S. A social security number is not needed to get a driver’s license, buy a cell phone, open a bank account or to get health insurance. Please note that guildelines have changed due to COVID-19, please review the Applying for a Social Security Number instructions below for updated guidance. Please contact the Slater International Center if you have any questions: email@example.com
F-1 Students are eligible to obtain a social security number if:
- They are in valid F-1 status and have been offered an on-campus job
- They are in valid F-1 status and have been authorized for off-campus employment, either Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT).
J-1 Students are eligible to obtain a social security number if:
- They are in valid J-1 status
Any student or scholar who is eligible for a social security number must be physically present in the U.S. for at least 10 business days before applying for a Social Security Number (SSN). New students must have completed the immigration check-in process at the Slater International Center and be registered in SEVIS. Students should talk with Slater before applying for a social security number to ensure their record is “Active” in SEVIS. Once a record is activated in SEVIS, students should wait at least two business days before applying for a SSN to ensure the SEVIS database information is correct.
F-1 Students with an on-campus job offer:
You can find this form on our website. This form verifies your job offer and your valid immigration status. Section I of this form must be completed by you. Section II of this Form must be completed by your prospective supervisor. An electronic signature is acceptable. Upload the on-campus employment form to our document upload portal. We will review, sign the form, and return back to you.
You can find this form online. For Item #5, select "Legal Alien Allowed to Work."
Important instructions once the On-campus employment form is completed: Please note that these instructions are subject to change, due to the Social Security Administration (SSA) recent changes in COVID-19 protocol and procedure with SSA in-person appointments.
We recommend the SSA Office in Framingham, as it is the nearest location to campus.
- Students are required to make copies of the following documents: On-campus employment form, Social Security Number application, copy of most recent I-94, copy of visa, copy of passport, copy of I-20. Do not mail the original documents, as students will need these original documents with them for the in-person appointment. You can make copies in Clapp Library. If you need assistance, please contact a librarian to help you.
- Students must mail these documents to the SSA Office. You can purchase stamps and envelopes from the Mail Services window in Lulu Wang Campus Center. The Framingham SSA Office mailing address is:
Social Security Office
1st Left Off Suite #101
1 Clarks Hill
Framingham, MA 01702
- After the documents are received and approved, the SSA Office will contact the student directly to set up an in-person appointment.
- Students must notify their Residential Community Director of the off-campus appointment for the purpose of applying for a Social Security Number and student employment authorization.
- Students must then go to the SSA Office with the original documents and apply for the SSN number.
- Although the SSA office is currently closed for walk-in appointments, there is an official that will retrieve the documents. The student will need to wait outside and then the documents will be returned to them.
Note: Students who have on-campus employment cannot apply for a social security number more than 30 days in advance of their employment start date. For more information go to www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnvisa or call 1-800-772-1213