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International Student Services: Current Students

How to Apply for a Social Security Number

F-1 and J-1 students must have an on-campus job or job offer in order to apply for a Social Security number. This rule does not apply to F-1 students with an EAD card, or on Optional or Curricular Practical Training. International students may apply for a Social Security number no earlier than two weeks after they arrive in the United States. The only way to receive a Social Security Number is by making a formal application in person to the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security card issued to non-resident F-1 and J-1 students may specify that it is “valid only with employment authorization”. Issuance of a Social Security card is NOT employment authorization. F-1 and J-1 students may only work on-campus for less than 20 hours during the academic year or more than 20 hours during the long vacations. F-1 and J-1 students may not work off-campus without employment authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you have questions about applying for authorization to accept off-campus employment, please contact the International Student office.

» Social Security On Campus Employer Form *

You must submit an application in person at the Social Security Administration office. To apply for a Social Security number, you need to take the following documents with you:

F-1 and J-1 students (without an EAD and who are not on Curricular Practical Training)

  • Passport
  • I-94 card or print out
  • I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1)
  • Letter from the International Student office verifying your status.
  • Letter from on-campus employer stating your place of work and work duties.

F-1 students with an EAD or who are on Curricular Practical Training:

  • Passport
  • I-94 card or print out
  • I-20
  • Letter from the International Student office verifying your status.
  • EAD (Employment Authorization Document) if applicable, or letter from employer and CPT authorization.

Please bring your documents with you to the International Student office during walk-in hours and we will issue a letter.

The Social Security Administration Office is located in Poughkeepsie, NY. If you do not have access to a car, you may choose to take the bus to Poughkeepsie. Office hours are between 8:45 AM and 3:45 PM Monday through Friday except legal holidays. If you have any questions, you may contact the Social Security Office directly.

Social Security Administration                                                                                        
Vassar Main Building
332 Main Street                                                                                        
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601                                                                                         
Phone:  1-877-405-6747
Website:  https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/Controller 

Directions to the Poughkeepsie, NY Social Security Administration Office

Take the Poughkeepsie/ Ulster link bus from campus and get off at Main Street and Market Street in Poughkeepsie. To return, get on the bus at Main Street and Market Street in Poughkeepsie and that will take you back to the bus station on Main Street in New Paltz. See bus schedule: http://www.ulstercountyny.gov/ucat/ulster-poughkeepsie-link.pdf*

 

MAP OF POUGHKEEPSIE SHOWING SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE AND BUS STOP

 

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