Social Security Numbers
What is a Social Security Number?
A Social Security Number 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 social security number.
Eligibility for a Social Security Number
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 Social Security Number.
You should not need a Social Security Number 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 Social Security Number.
How to apply for a Social Security Number
After you have been offered a job, you will need to apply for a Social Security Number.
1. 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.
2. Bring your employment verification letter to an International Student Advisor at the Office of International Programs. The International Student Advisor will provide you with a letter verifying your eligibility to be employed on campus. You may do this during Advisor On Call hours, or you can schedule an appointment by calling 777-4231.
3. Take both letters and your immigration documents (I-20/DS-2019, Passport, Visa, I-94 Card) to the Grand Forks Social Security office to submit the application for a social security number.
The Grand Forks Social Security office is located at 402 Demers Ave., Suite 300. For a map and hours,go to the Social Security Office website and enter zip code 58201.
Social Security Website
For more information about applying for a Social Security Number, please visit the Social Security Administration website for International Students.