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.  Some offices require an appointment.  Do contact the one in your jurisdiction to inquire about this.

Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences 1300 York Ave. Box 65 New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-6565 Fax: (212) 746-5981