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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.
- 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 701.777.4231.
- 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 SSN.
Grand Forks Social Security Office
402 Demers Ave, Suite 300
Social Security Office website (enter zip code 58201)