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:

Hourly Social Security Card Guide 
Non-Hourly Social Security Card Guide

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 this form. 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
    • If you are an on-campus hourly student worker, you do not need a Work Authorization Letter. ISSS will sign the bottom portion of your offer letter.
  • 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.