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 International Center 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 requirements for what is in the letter. Please
request an employment offer letter from your employer containing the following:
- Name of F-1/J-1 student
- Nature of student’s job (eg., wait staff, library aide, research assistant, etc.)
- Start date
- Number of hours per week
- Employer contact information
- Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Employer Telephone number
- Student’s Immediate Supervisor
- Employer Signature (Original)
- Signatory’s Title
- Email your employment verification letter to an International Student Advisor at the International Center. You should receive an email stating that your Social Security Letter is ready for pick up within 1-3 business days. Social Security Letters can also be sent to you to via USPS to addresses within the United States.
- Your social security letter from the International Center
- Your employment verification letter
- Your I-20/DS-2019,
- Your passport and visa,
- Your 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 (enter zip code 58201)