Applying for a Social Security Number
Who is eligible for a Social Security Number?
In general, all nonimmigrants must have permission to work in the U.S. in order to apply for a Social Security number. This handout is specific for F-1 and J-1 students, J-1 Scholars/Professors, and employees in H-1B Status.
How do I apply for a Social Security Number?
For F-1 and J-1 Students
Only those eligible to work may apply for a Social Security number. This will include
F-1's; J-1's, with permission from the sponsor; and J-2's with authorization from
USCIS. F-2's cannot apply for a Social Security number because they are not eligible
In order to apply for a Social Security number you must:
- Have been offered employment. The hiring department must complete the "Verification of Employment for Social Security". This letter must be printed out on departmental letterhead.
- You must have been present in the United States for at least 10 business days.
- Be enrolled in a full course of study.
The student will bring the Verification of Employment for Social Security letter to International Student & Scholar Services. ISSS will verify full-time enrollment by providing a Verification of Employment Eligibilty letter.
The student will then take the following documents to the Social Security Administration to apply for a Social Security number.
- The Verification of Employment for Social Security letter (from hiring department)
- The Verification of Employment Eligibility for Social Security letter (from ISSS)
- Your passport and I-94
- Your I-20 or DS-2019
- For J-1 students, if your sponsor is other than Kansas State University, you must bring a copy of a letter from your sponsor stating that you have permission to work.
For J-1 Scholars and Professors and Employees in H-1B Status
If you are employed by K-State and have been in the U.S. for 10 business days, take the following documents with you to the Social Security Office.
- A letter from your employing department that states you will be employed at K-State. The letter must specify your start date.
- Your passport
- Your I-94
- Your DS-2019 (for J-1 scholars or professors) or I-797 Approval Notice (for H-1B specialty workers)