Social Security Number

International Students and Social Security Numbers

 

How to Obtain a Social Security Number

Instructions for Student Worker Positions

Instructions for Graduate Hourly Positions

Instructions for Optional Practical Training

Instructions for Curricular Practical Training

 

Instructions for Student Worker Positions

1) You must first have a written job offer.

2) Have your employer/supervisor type a letter, using the template provided by the Office of International Student Services.

3) Have your supervisor print the letter on office letterhead and sign it.

4) Take the letter to the Office of International Student Services for a Designated School Official to sign.

5) Visit the Social Security Office, taking with you the following items:

Social Security Administration

Address:  3112 Constitution Dr., Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  (877) 279-9504

Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:  9am-4pm

Wednesday:  9am-12pm

6) Give these 5 items to the staff at Social Security.  They will return your Form I-20 and passport to you.

7) Wait until you receive the card, usually around two weeks.

8) When you get your card, you will need to bring your Student Employment Checklist (provided by your supervisor), Passport, Social Security Card, Form I-94, and Form I-20 to Financial Assistance and see Jé Greer to complete the Form I-9.  Financial Assistance will then direct you to make an appointment with Payroll.

9) Keep your Social Security Card in a safe place.

 

Instructions for Graduate Hourly Positions

1) You must first have a written job offer.

2) Have your employer/supervisor type a letter, using the template provided by the Office of International Student Services.

3) Have your supervisor print the letter on office letterhead and sign it.

4) Take the letter to the Office of International Student Services for a Designated School Official to sign.

5) Visit the Social Security Office, taking with you the following items:

Social Security Administration

Address:  3112 Constitution Dr., Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  (877) 279-9504

Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:  9am-4pm

Wednesday:  9am-12pm

6) Give these 5 items to the staff at Social Security.  They will return your Form I-20 and passport to you.

7) When you apply for your social security card, the Social Security Administration Office will give you a letter.  After you receive that letter, you need to email Joy Thibadeau (jthib2@uis.edu) to schedule a new hire appointment.

8) Keep your Social Security Card in a safe place.

 

Instructions for Optional Practical Training

1) You must first have your EAD card.  Or, Apply for your SSN While Applying for your Work Permit

2) Visit the Social Security Office, taking with you the following items:

Social Security Administration

Address:  3112 Constitution Dr., Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  (877) 279-9504

Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:  9am-4pm

Wednesday:  9am-12pm

3) Give these items to the staff at Social Security.  They will return your Form I-20 and passport to you.

4) You will receive your card in about 2 weeks.

5) Keep your Social Security Card in a safe place.

 

Instructions for Curricular Practical Training

1) You must first have an internship and have your CPT approved by the Office of International Student Services.  Eligibility and process to apply for CPT can be found on the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Form.

2) Employer must type a job offer letter.  Required information to include on the letter can be found on the CPT Form.

3) Once your CPT is approved, you will receive a new Form I-20 with the CPT approval dates.

4) Visit the Social Security Office, taking with you the following items:

Social Security Administration

Address:  3112 Constitution Dr., Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  (877) 279-9504

Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:  9am-4pm

Wednesday:  9am-12pm

5) Give these 5 items to the staff at Social Security.  They will return your Form I-20 and passport to you.

6) Wait to begin work until you receive the card, usually around two weeks.

7) Keep your Social Security Card in a safe place.