Obtaining a Social Security Number for Employment
When you are employed in the United States, you will be required to obtain a Social Security Number.
To apply for a Social Security Number based upon on-campus employment, F-1 students are required to provide evidence of employment. The Social Security Administration requires students to submit both of the following as evidence:
- a letter from the Office of International Students and Scholars (sample letter). The letter must identify the student's employer, describe the nature of the employment, and state that the student is authorized to engage in on-campus employment.
- a statement from the student's on-campus employer stating that the student is either currently employed or has recently been hired.
The Social Security Administration does not require this evidence of employment from students engaging in or applying for optional practical training or curricular practical training programs.
When applying to the Social Security Office, please have the following:
- Evidence of employment (See sample letter)
- SEVIS I-20
- Valid passport with visa
- I-94 card
- SSN application (Click for application)
Visit the U.S. Social Security site for detailed information about international students and social security numbers.
The Social Security Office closest to the main campus is located at:
3511 North Pine Island Road
Sunrise, FL 33351
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Map to Social Security Office