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Getting a Social Security Number

A Social Security Number (SSN) can be issued to I-20 international students in certain situations.  Specifically, I-20 students must be attending school full-time and have been hired or will be hired to work on-campus.

The documents required to be presented to the SSN office in person are:

  1. Unexpired passport.
  2. Current I-20.
  3. Current I-94.
  4. Evidence of authorization to work and full-time attendance.  This is the letter from Weill Cornell which specifies that the named student is authorized to work on-campus and is currently enrolled.  A template of the letter may be obtained PDF icon here.  Your department must complete the top part using blue ink.  International Student Services in Room A-131 at 1300 York Avenue will then complete the bottom part in blue ink.
  5. SS-5 application from the Social Security Administration.

A current form may be obtained here https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf.

The Social Security Administration requires individuals to visit the SSN office assigned to their area.  If you live in Manhattan, your office is at:

123 Williams Street
New York City, NY 10038
1-866-657-3406

Should you live outside of Manhattan, please use this to locate your local field office https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.

During the pandemic, the SSA will not accept walk-ins.  You must call to schedule an appointment.

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