Acquiring a Social Security Number

In order to apply for a Social Security Number, an F-1 student must provide proof of employment to the Social Security Administration.

F-1 students need to show authorization to work if granted On-Campus Employment, Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training, or Economic Hardship.

Students on Curricular Practical Training (CPT):
If your first U.S. job is on CPT, you are not required to produce a job offer letter. An I-20 issued for CPT will serve as proof of employment eligibility.

Students on Optional Practical Training (OPT):
If your first U.S. job is on OPT, you are not required to produce a job offer letter. An OPT I-20 and an OPT Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card will serve as proof of employment eligibility.

Students who work on-campus:
If your first U.S. job is on-campus, you will need to show proof of employment. The procedure for on-campus employment verification is outlined below.

     1. Secure an Authorized Student Employment Position

     2. Obtain an Employment Letter from the Department Where You will be Working
The UNT employer must complete the employer verification letter found on our website HERE. This letter must be printed on the employer’s letterhead. The employer must sign the letter.  Signature stamps cannot be accepted.

     3. Obtain a Work Authorization Letter from the International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS)
Bring the employer’s letter to the International Student and Scholar Services Office  in Marquis Hall 110 to apply for a letter from the Designated School Official (International Advisor) to verify the employer’s letter and the valid visa status.  The application can be found HERE.
     *Note: If you are a new student, your letter will not be processed until after the Census date. (You can find the Census date for your particular term listed in the Office of the Registrar’s Registration Guides for each semester HERE.)

     4. Take the originals of both letters to the Social Security Administration office, along with your passport, visa, I-94 card, and I-20.

Please see our Social Security Card Guide ON THIS PAGE for more detailed information on the process.