Social Security numbers are used to report your wages to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not assign you a number just to enroll in a college or school, get a credit card, or cell phone, etc. If you do not have a job, then you cannot apply for a Social Security number. Please refer to the Social Security Administration (SSA) website for more details. For more information about obtaining a SSN as an international student, visit the Study in the States website.
If you have obtained an on-campus or co-op employment and need a SSN, see our SSN Application Instructions [PDF] for guidance. Email your job offer letter that includes the name of your employer, number of hours you will work per week, and employment start date to email@example.com to request a SSN support letter as part of your application.
For information about filing taxes and other tax-related issues, please refer to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.
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