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Social Security Number (SSN)

Last updated on Aug 19, 2022


Who needs a social security number?

A social security number (SSN) is required for everyone who works in the Unites States, including international students. Social security numbers are issued by the Social Security Administration, a United States government agency.

A social security number is not a work permit. You must have work authorization before beginning any employment.

If you previously had a SSN, but do not have the card or do not remember the number, you can apply for a duplicate card if you meet the eligibility requirements.


Eligibility

International students only become eligible for a SSN once they have been approved for some form of work authorization (e.g., on-campus job, CPT, OPT).


Timeline for SSN Applications

*** Please note some SSN offices are currently experiencing processing delays due to limited services during COVID-19***

The Social Security Administration is required to verify legal presence in the United States before issuing an SSN. F-1 and J-1 students must be registered full time at CCA.

Students should wait at least two weeks after initial entry into the United States before submitting an application to the Social Security Administration.

You must also have an employment start date that is within 30 days of the day you apply for the SSN. The Social Security Administration may reject or delay your application if you apply too early.

Once you have submitted your application, it generally takes 2 to 3 weeks for you to receive your SSN card in the mail.


Obtaining a Social Security Number

If you have On-Campus Employment at CCA

  • Step 1: Obtain work authorization. You are considered eligible to apply for a SSN once you have been offered a job on-campus.
  • Step 2: Download the Social Security Number Request Form from this page (see Resources)
  • Step 3: Have your supervisor complete the top portion of the SSN Request Form. Please note that your start date of employment must be in the future.
  • Step 4: Once you have part one completed, email form to an ISAP team member. We will sign part two and email the form back to you. If you would like to pick it up in person, please make an appointment to come into the SF office.
  • Step 5: Visit the Social Security Administration website and answer all questions accordingly. You must complete this step before going into the Social Security office for your appointment.
  • Step 6: Contact your local social security office to make an appointment and bring your documents in. Please note all documents must be hard copy.
    • Some examples of documents that you may have to bring in include:
      • I-94
      • US driver's license
      • Passport
      • Signed SSN request form

If You Have CPT or OPT Authorization:

  • Step 1: Obtain work authorization. You are considered eligible to apply for an SSN under the following circumstances:
    • CPT: Once ISAP has given you a new I-20 with CPT authorization on the second page. You can not apply for a SSN without a new I-20.
    • OPT: Once you have received your EAD card from USCIS as proof of approval for OPT.
  • Step 2: Visit the Social Security Administration website and answer all questions accordingly. You must complete this step before going into the Social Security office for your appointment.
  • Step 3: Contact your local social security office to make an appointment and bring your documents in. Please note all documents must be hard copy.
    • Some examples of documents that you may have to bring in include:
      • I-94
      • US driver's license
      • I-20 with CPT work authorization
      • Passport

BEWARE OF SCAMS

Please be aware that scammers will try to scare you with threats that something is wrong with your SSN! The Social Security office (SSA) will not call you unexpectedly unless you have put in a request specifically to be called about an issue. The SSA has warning information about scams, which you can find here

If you receive a call from someone you do not know, do not provide any of your contact information or bank information, and never provide your SSN over the phone. No government official would ask for your SSN over the phone.

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