All workers in the U.S. need a Social Security Number (SSN). This is a number assigned by the Social Security Administration (an office within the U.S. federal government). You will only receive one SSN and it’s valid for life. If you don’t have an SSN yet, then you can apply for one after
you arrive in the U.S. and after your ISSS Check-In is complete. You will not have access to the SSN request in the ISSS Portal until after your New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In has been fully processed by ISSS.
- F-1 students: Must have completed ISSS Check-In and must have a job offer to apply for an SSN.
- J-1 students: Must have completed ISSS Check-In but do not have to have a job offer to apply for an SSN.
- If you have applied for F-1 CPT or J-1 Academic Training, you do not need to submit a separate application for an ISSS SSN letter. ISSS can give you the endorsement letter with your request for work authorization.
- Complete required ISSS Check-In
- Get a Job Offer Letter (if required). If you require a job offer letter, the start date listed must be within 30 days of the SSN application.
- Apply for ISSS SSN Endorsement Letter: You can submit an SSN request in the Internships & Employment section of the ISSS Portal. New students will not have access to this category of the ISSS Portal until after their Check-In has been processed by ISSS.
- If you need an SSN for an off-campus internship, you can request one as part of your CPT (F-1) or Academic Training (J-1) request with ISSS. You do not need to submit a separate request for an SSN endorsement letter.
- Within 30 days of receiving the letter from ISSS, you need to submit an SSN application to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and schedule an SSN appointment. Visit the Bryan SSA Office section below for further details. Learn more about applying to the SSA here.
After you submit your application to the Social Security Administration (SSA), they will review your request. You should receive a receipt through the mail within a few days, but it could take up to a week. Then, you should receive your SSN card in the mail within two weeks. You are allowed to start working while you wait for your SSN to be processed.
You can submit the SSN receipt to your employer as proof of the application.