Social Security

A social security card allows you to receive wages from your employer. The Social Security Administration will only issue Social Security Cards to F-1/J-1 students that have received a job offer. The Social Security Administration must verify their documents and status with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the University of Rhode Island Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) before issuing a SSN card. A card can be issued within ten to thirty days.

To apply for and receive a social security card you must bring the following original documents to the Social Security Administration:

  • Certificate of eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Valid Passport
  • I-94 number
  • Completed Social Security Application click here
  • Letter from the Office of International Students & Scholars verifying your current immigration status
  • Proof/promise of employment (letter from employer, CPT authorization or original EAD card)
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