What Is A Social Security Number And How Do I Get One?

The Immigrant Files

A Social Security Number (SSN) is a nine-digit number given to each American citizen, resident, or temporary worker. It allows you to work, get a drivers license, get a credit card, and more. As an international student, since you are allowed to work (with limitations), you are allowed to get a Social Security Number. Having a Social Security Number will make your time in the States easier, and I would recommend getting an on-campus job as soon as you get to college so you can get your SSN. Here’s a step by step of how to apply and get your Social Security Number.

Prepare the required documentation.

  • I-20
  • I-94 (which you can retrieve here)
  • Letter from on-campus employer (including your job, the start date, the number of hours per week, the supervisor’s name and phone number, and the supervisor’s signature)
  • Letter from your school (it needs to identify you, your…

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