I can still remember when I applied for an SSN (social security number) a few years back.
A letter from one’s University is required when applying for an SSN among F1 Visa holders.
Some schools give such letter to all students to help them apply for SSNs.
However, there are a number of universities that will only provide such letter for those who are employed. If you happen to be in one such university, make sure you get a part-time job ASAP.
Rules may vary among universities. To be sure about the requirements, check with your university’s International Office.
SSN for F1 Visa
I applied for an SSN together with 15 friends. The college campus shuttle bus took all of us (new international students) to the SSN office.
One of my friends got his SSN only within 8 days! I, however, waited for a month before I finally decided to call them to check on its status.
Apparently, they lost my application form so I had to submit a new one. Finally, after 2 months (3 months in total) I got my SSN. But that’s not the end of the story. There was a typo error in my last name!
So I had to re-submit a new form for corrections and, at long last, after two additional weeks, I got my new (and correct) Social Security Card.
Without an SSN, you will have difficulty when buying or doing many things in the U.S.
All the credit history, insurance history, employment history, and other personal histories are stored in one’s SSN.
I don’t carry my SSN card in my wallet because I don’t feel secured carrying it. But I have seen people do that. What if you happen to lose your wallet? So you just lost your identity!