- Changing Status
- Drivers License
- Health Insurance & Services
- Leave of Absence
- Letters and Forms
- Maintaining Status
- Program Extensions
- Replacing I-20/DS-2019
- SEVIS Registration
- Social Security
- Transferring Schools
- Travel Status
Social Security Numbers
A Social Security Number (SSN) is an identification number that is used primarily for the reporting of wages (income) for people who are authorized to work and for determining eligibility for social security benefits. If you are working on campus, then you will need to apply for a SSN.
International students are eligible for social security numbers only if they have evidence of employment. If you do not have a job, you will not be eligible to apply for a SSN.
You should not need a SSN to open a bank account, rent an apartment etc. Sometimes this can be challenging and the Office of International Programs can provide you with some suggestions for how to deal with not having a SSN.
After you have been offered a job, you will need to apply for a SSN.
- Request an employment verification letter from your employer for Social Security. The Social Security office has some specific information for what should be included in the letter. Please provide your employer with this letter request form.
- Either email or bring your employment verification letter to an International Student Advisor at the International Center. You may email the documents to them or go to the International Center during walk-in hours from 1:30-2:30pm each weekday, or use Starfish to schedule an appointment.
- Take both letters and your immigration documents (I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa, I-94 printout or card) to the Grand Forks Social Security office to submit the application for a SSN.
Grand Forks Social Security Office
402 Demers Ave, Suite 300
Social Security Office website (enter zip code 58201)