Social Security Number for International Students | Webster University

Social Security Number for International Students

The Social Security Number (SSN) is used to report your wages to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits. Therefore, only F-1 and J-1 students who have been offered on-campus employment or off-campus employment in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Social Security Numbers.

Please wait at least 10 days from your date of entry into the United States to apply for an SSN. It takes this amount of time for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to transmit your arrival information and immigration status to the Social Security Administration.

Dependents in F-2 status are not eligible for a Social Security Number.

Application Procedure for a Social Security Number

The application procedure will differ depending on what type of employment you have been offered. Please see below the instructions for each type of employment:

F-1 or J-1 Students Employed On-Campus:

Students offered employment on campus need to submit a copy of their completed Student Employment Authorization Form from Webster’s Student Employment Office (located within the Financial Aid department) to International Services to get a letter for the Social Security Number. You can request the Social Security letter and upload your copy of the Student Employment Authorization Form online here. You will then submit the following documents to the Social Security Administration Office:

  • Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card
  • Letter from International Services
  • Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • I-94 card or a printout of your electronic I-94 admission record available from Admission (I-94) Number Retrieval
  • Passport

F-1 Students Authorized for Curriculum Practical Training (CPT):

  • Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card
  • Form I-20 endorsed for CPT on page 3
  • I-94 card or a printout of your electronic I-94 admission record available from Admission (I-94) Number Retrieval
  • Passport

A Social Security letter from Webster University is not required for students on OPT.

F-1 Students Authorized for OPT or F-1/J-1 Students Authorized for Severe Economic Hardship Employment:

A student must wait until the start date of his or her Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to apply for a Social Security Number. A Social Security letter from Webster University is not required for students on OPT.

  • Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card
  • Form I-20 endorsed for OPT on page 3 or DS-2019, endorsed for Severe Economic Hardship Employment
  • I-94 card or a printout of your electronic I-94 admission record available from Admission (I-94) Number Retrieval
  • Passport
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

 J-1 Students Authorized Academic Training (AT):

  • Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card
  • International Recruitment and International Services Academic Training Authorization Letter
  • DS-2019, endorsed for Academic Training
  • I-94 card or a printout of your electronic I-94 admission record available from Admission (I-94) Number Retrieval
  • Passport

Please Note: If your on-campus or CPT work begins more than 30 days from your application date; or the employment start date on your Employment Authorization Document is in the future, the Social Security Administration cannot process your application.