Social Security Number Documentation Requirements

In order to apply for a social security card, F-1 students must provide proof of employment to the Social Security Administration. F-1 students must show authorization to work if granted On-Campus Employment, Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training, or Economic Hardship.

Students who work on-campus:

If your first U.S. job is on-campus, you will need to show proof of employment. 

  • Secure an authorized student employment position
  • Obtain an employment letter from the hiring department 
    • On Campus Hourly Employment: Your employer or your immediate supervisor must download, complete, print and sign the offer letter template from the UNT Career Center. Electronic signatures are not accepted. Letters must be printed on department letterhead.
    • On Campus Non-Hourly Employment or Employment by Barnes and Noble: Employer must complete the employer verification letter. Letter must be printed on the employer’s letterhead. Employer must sign letter. Signature stamps will not be accepted.
  • Obtain a Work Authorization Letter and Signature from International Student and Scholar Services 
    • Bring the employer’s letter and this completed form to International Student and Scholar Services in Marquis 110
  • Take the original letter(s) to the Social Security Administration office, along with your passport, visa, I-94 card, and I-20.
Students on Curricular Practical Training:

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:

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.