Social Security numbers are assigned to people who are authorized to work in USA.
SSN is used to report your wages to IRS and used as an identification number in colleges.
Few years back, all the students (F-1, M-1 and J-1) students were assigned an SSN. But, recently rules have changed and you can apply for SSN, only if you have a job. What if employer ask for SSN before applying for the job?
How to apply for SSN?
After reporting to school and assuming you have a job (Part time, RA, TA, CPT, etc) you are eligible to apply for SSN card.
- Complete application for SSN (Form SS-5)
- Required Documents
- Immigration status (I-94, I-20 form)
- Work Eligibility
- Job offer letter
- letter from employer (start date, number of hours, supervisor name, phone #)
- Identification documents (passport)
Take the completed application to nearby SSN office with all original documents.
Do I need SSN before working?
SSN is not required to apply for the job or when you start your work. Usually, school will use temporary number till SSN is issued to you and use the letter from SSN office. You can find more information about SSN at www.socialsecurity.gov/employer/hiring.htm.