Social Security Information

Social Security Number

Who can apply?

How to apply

After Receiving Your SSN

SSN Application for DMV

Resources

 

Social Security Number

NEW STUDENTS: You must submit your arrival documents to ISSS and wait 10 days before you apply for a Social Security Number. The Social Security databases can take up to 10 days to update after ISSS activates your SEVIS record. To avoid getting turned away from the Social Security Administration, please submit your arrival documents to ISSS as soon as possible after arrival to the U.S., and wait at least 10 days before applying for a social security number.

Anyone who works in the United States needs a Social Security Number (SSN).  The U.S. government assigns the Social Security Number for tax and payroll benefit purposes. You will only be assigned one SSN per lifetime.

You must apply for the Social Security Number while you are actively employed in the U.S. If you wait until after your employment ends, your SSN application will be denied. Please apply as soon as possible after you receive your job offer. For on-campus jobs, the earliest you may apply is 30 days before your employment start date.

The SSN is not a work permit, and you may begin working while you wait for your SSN, as long as you have employment authorization.

A SSN is not required to open a bank account, get a driver’s license, rent an apartment or get a cell phone.

 

Who can apply?

 

Visa/Employment Type Eligible? What to Bring to SSA
F-1 On Campus Employment (including Graduate Assistantships) Yes, up to 30 days before employment begins.

 

Not eligible after employment has ended.

·         Passport, I-20 and Form I-94

·         Employment offer letter

·         DSO Letter from ISSS

·         Application for SSN

F-1 CPT Yes, up to 30 days before CPT begins.

 

Not eligible after employment has ended.

·         Passport and Form I-94

·         I-20 with CPT authorization

·         Employment offer letter

·         Application for SSN

F-1 OPT Yes, from start date listed on EAD.

 

Not eligible after employment has ended.

·         Passport, I-20 and Form I-94

·         EAD

·         Application for SSN

F-1 No Employment Not eligible
F-2 Not eligible
J-1 Students and Student Interns – On Campus Employment Yes, up to 30 days before employment begins.

 

Not eligible after employment has ended.

·         Passport, DS-2019 and Form I-94

·         Employment Offer Letter

·         ISSS Employment Authorization Letter

·         Application for SSN

J-1 Students Academic Training Yes, up to 30 days before AT begins.

 

Not eligible after employment has ended.

·         Passport and Form I-94

·         DS-2019 with Academic Training notation

·         Training Offer Letter

·         ISSS Academic Training Approval Letter

·         Application for SSN

J-1 Scholar Yes

 

Not eligible after employment has ended.

·         Passport, DS-2019 and I-94

·         Application for SSN

J-2 Yes, if you have an EAD.

Not eligible after employment authorization has ended.

 

·         Passport, DS-2019 and I-94

·         EAD

·         Application for SSN

No employment – Denial letter needed for DMV ·         Passport, I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94

·         Application for SSN

New students and scholars must wait at least 10 days after completing ISSS Check In to apply.

How to apply

 

Step 1: Check In with ISSS if you are a new student or scholar.

Step 2: F-1 students with on-campus employment must apply to ISSS for a DSO Letter before you can apply for your SSN at the Social Security Administration office. All other students and scholars may skip to Step 3.

To request a DSO Letter, submit a Social Security Letter Request in the ISSS Portal.  You will need to upload your employment offer letter from your on-campus employer (must be on UConn letterhead and signed). If your on-campus employer does not normally issue offer letters, they may use this template.

Step 3: Submit application to Social Security Administration (SSA)

Bring your immigration and employment authorization documents listed in above table to your nearest Social Security Administration office to apply. Check the SSA website in advance to find out when they are open.  Your card will be mailed to you at least two weeks after you submit your application.

Locations:

Storrs Campus: 1320 Main St, Willimantic. This is on the Storrs-Willimantic bus line (stop: Tyler Square).

Hartford: 960 Main St., Hartford.

Stamford: 2 Landmark Square, Stamford.

Storrs campus students and scholars may also apply for the SSN at ISSS at the beginning of each semester on Services Day.

After Receiving Your SSN

 

After you receive your SSN you must visit UConn payroll or your employer’s payroll department to provide them with your number. Do not mail or email a copy of your card to your employer. Do not provide a copy of your number to ISSS.

It is important that you keep your SSN information private, except when needed to disclose for official purposes, because the number can be used to open up accounts in your name. Do not keep the SSN card in your wallet and try to memorize the number.

Keep the card in a safe place after leaving the U.S. because if you come back in the future, you may need to use the number again.

SSN Application for DMV

 

When you apply for a CT Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s Identification Card, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles asks you to provide either an SSN, or documentation that you are not eligible for a SSN. Therefore, you may need to apply for an SSN even if you do not have a job or work authorization.

You can visit the SSA and explain that you are an international student or scholar and that you need a Social Security denial letter for the DMV. If SSA denies your application, they will issue a denial letter that you can bring that to the DMV as proof of your ineligibility for the SSN.