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Social Security Number

What is a Social Security number (SSN) ?

  • SSN is used for taxpayer identification, income reporting, and record-keeping purposes.
  • Everyone who is employed in the U.S. must have a SSN for tax purposes. 
  • Once issued, the number is valid for a lifetime, even if you leave the U.S. 

Who can apply

F-1 and J-1 students who are working and in legal status can apply for a SSN. More specifically:

When to apply

The application must be made before your job at NYU ends or your off-campus work authorization expires. If you are not authorized to work off-campus or don’t have a job on-campus, then you are ineligible to apply for a Social Security number.

How to Apply

Once you’re hired at NYU, you need to bring certain documents to the Office of Global Services (OGS) so that you can get the letter you need to provide to the Social Security Administration.
 
Once you have that letter from OGS, you then go to the local Social Security Administration card center to apply. After you’ve submitted your application at the Social Security Administration, you should receive your number and card within 2-4 weeks.
 
  1. Bring a photocopy of your I-94 record and your NYU job offer letter to the Office of Global Services (OGS). This is a drop-off service that does not require you to see an OGS advisor. Your department must use this job offer letter template copied onto department letterhead and your supervisor's signature must be in blue ink. Before submitting these two required documents, be sure that:
    1. You have attended an OGS check-in workshop
    2. You are registered full time for the current semester
    3. You have a current local U.S. address in Albert
  2. We take up to five business days from the date you submit a complete application. Once your OGS approved letter is ready, we email you to come pick it up from our office.
  3. Gather these documents:
    1. Unexpired passport (valid at least six months into the future)
    2. I-94 record marked “F-1 D/S”
    3. NYU I-20
    4. NYU ID card or another form of photo ID
    5. Your NYU job offer letter with OGS approval
  4. Go to the Social Security Administration card center closest to where you live, with your documents, to submit an application for a Social Security number. You may not apply earlier than 30 days before your work begin date. Be prepared for long lines and security checkpoints.

Social Security Card Centers:

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Social Security Card Center, 154 Pierrepont Street, Sixth Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Bronx

Bronx Social Security Card Center, 820 Concourse Village West, Second Fl, Bronx, NY 10451

Queens

Queens Social Security Card Center, 155-10 Jamaica Avenue, Second Fl, Jamaica, NY 11432

Manhattan

Manhattan Social Security Card Center, 123 William Street, Third Fl, New York, NY 10038

Note: If you live on Staten Island, you may visit one of the two Staten Island Social Security offices.

If you live in New Jersey or elsewhere, please use the Social Security Office Locator to find the center where you should apply.

Once you have proof of your work authorization, you need to go to the local Social Security Administration card center to apply. After you’ve submitted your application at the Social Security Administration, you should receive your number and card within 2-4 weeks.
 
  1. Gather these documents:
    1. Unexpired passport (valid at least six months into the future)
    2. I-94 record marked “F-1 D/S"
    3. NYU I-20 with Curricular Practical Training authorization listed on page 3
    4. NYU ID Card or another form of photo ID
  2. Go to the Social Security Administration card center closest to where you live, with your documents, to submit an application for a Social Security number. You may not apply earlier than 30 days before your work begin date. Be prepared for long lines and security checkpoints.

Social Security Card Centers:

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Social Security Card Center, 154 Pierrepont Street, Sixth Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Bronx

Bronx Social Security Card Center, 820 Concourse Village West, Second Fl, Bronx, NY 10451

Queens

Queens Social Security Card Center, 155-10 Jamaica Avenue, Second Fl, Jamaica, NY 11432

Manhattan

Manhattan Social Security Card Center, 123 William Street, Third Fl, New York, NY 10038

Note: If you live on Staten Island, you may visit one of the two Staten Island Social Security offices.

If you live in New Jersey or elsewhere, please use the Social Security Office Locator to find the center where you should apply.

Once you have proof of your work authorization, you need to go to the local Social Security Administration card center to apply. After you’ve submitted your application at the Social Security Administration, you should receive your number and card within 2-4 weeks.
 
  1. Gather these documents:
    1. Unexpired passport (valid at least six months into the future)
    2. I-94 record marked “F-1 D/S"
    3. NYU I-20 with employment recommendation listed on page 3
    4. NYU ID Card or another form of photo ID
    5. Your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) issued by the
    6. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  2. Go to the Social Security Administration card center closest to where you live, with your documents, to submit an application for a Social Security number. You may not apply earlier than 30 days before your work begin date. Be prepared for long lines and security checkpoints.

Social Security Card Centers:

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Social Security Card Center, 154 Pierrepont Street, Sixth Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Bronx

Bronx Social Security Card Center, 820 Concourse Village West, Second Fl, Bronx, NY 10451

Queens

Queens Social Security Card Center, 155-10 Jamaica Avenue, Second Fl, Jamaica, NY 11432

Manhattan

Manhattan Social Security Card Center, 123 William Street, Third Fl, New York, NY 10038

Note: If you live on Staten Island, you may visit one of the two Staten Island Social Security offices.

If you live in New Jersey or elsewhere, please use the Social Security Office Locator to find the center where you should apply.

Once you’re hired at NYU, you need to bring certain documents to the Office of Global Services (OGS) so that you can get the letter you need to provide to the Social Security Administration. 
 
Once you have that letter from OGS, you then go to the local Social Security Administration card center to apply. After you’ve submitted your application at the Social Security Administration, you should receive your number and card within 2-4 weeks.
 
  1. Get your work authorization letter. If you are not sponsored by NYU, contact your J-1 program sponsor (as indicated in Section 5 of your DS-2019) for directions. If you are sponsored by NYU, continue reading.
    1. You must apply for your on-campus employment authorization letter in person at the OGS. Before coming to the OGS, be sure that:
      1. You have attended an OGS check-in workshop
      2. You are registered full time for the current semester
      3. You have a current local U.S. address in Albert
    2. Bring your passport, I-94 card, and most recent DS-2019 to the OGS during walk-in advising hours along with these details of your employment offer:
      1. The name and place of employment
      2. Your supervisor's name and contact information
      3. The number of hours you will work per week
      4. The dates of your proposed employment.
  2. Gather these documents:
    1. Unexpired passport (valid at least six months into the future
    2. I-94 record marked “J-1 D/S
    3. NYU DS-201
    4. NYU ID Card or another form of photo ID
    5. Employment authorization letter from the OGS
  3. Go to the Social Security Administration card center closest to where you live, with your documents, to submit an application for a Social Security number. Be prepared for long lines and security checkpoints.

Social Security Card Centers:

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Social Security Card Center, 154 Pierrepont Street, Sixth Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Bronx

Bronx Social Security Card Center, 820 Concourse Village West, Second Fl, Bronx, NY 10451

Queens

Queens Social Security Card Center, 155-10 Jamaica Avenue, Second Fl, Jamaica, NY 11432

Manhattan

Manhattan Social Security Card Center, 123 William Street, Third Fl, New York, NY 10038

Note: If you live on Staten Island, you may visit one of the two Staten Island Social Security offices.

If you live in New Jersey or elsewhere, please use the Social Security Office Locator to find the center where you should apply.

Once you have proof of your work authorization, you need to go to the local Social Security Administration card center to apply. After you’ve submitted your application at the Social Security Administration, you should receive your number and card within 2-4 weeks.
 
  1. Gather these documents:
    1. Unexpired passport (valid at least six months into the future)
    2. I-94 record marked “J-1 D/S"
    3. NYU DS-2019 with Academic Training authorization
    4. NYU ID Card or another form of photo ID
    5. Academic Training letter from the OGS
  2. Go to the Social Security Administration card center closest to where you live, with your documents, to submit an application for a Social Security number. Be prepared for long lines and security checkpoints.

Social Security Card Centers:

Brooklyn
Brooklyn Social Security Card Center, 154 Pierrepont Street, Sixth Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Bronx
Bronx Social Security Card Center, 820 Concourse Village West, Second Fl, Bronx, NY 10451

Queens
Queens Social Security Card Center, 155-10 Jamaica Avenue, Second Fl, Jamaica, NY 11432

Manhattan
Manhattan Social Security Card Center, 123 William Street, Third Fl, New York, NY 10038

Note: If you live on Staten Island, you may visit one of the two Staten Island Social Security offices.

If you live in New Jersey or elsewhere, please use the Social Security Office Locator to find the center where you should apply.

If you need a number to file tax forms and you don’t qualify to apply for a Social Security number

Students receiving a fellowship or scholarship who are not expected to work beyond their own studies cannot apply for Social Security numbers. Instead, they will be asked by the university to complete, among other papers, a W-7 form to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) necessary to file their tax forms

F-2 spouses and family members are NOT eligible to accept employment in the U.S., and are therefore not permitted to apply for Social Security numbers. However, F-2 spouses and family members may apply for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) via Form W-7, available through the Internal Revenue Service.

J-2 spouses and family members who have been granted employment authorization by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may apply for Social Security numbers.

J-2 spouses and family members authorized to work should follow this process to apply:

  1. Gather these documents:
    1. Unexpired passport (valid at least six months into the future)
    2. I-94 record marked “J-1 D/S"
    3. NYU DS-2019 
    4. Another form of photo ID
    5. Your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  2. Go to the Social Security Administration card center closest to where you live, with your documents, to submit an application for a Social Security number. Be prepared for long lines and security checkpoints.

Social Security Card Centers:

Brooklyn
Brooklyn Social Security Card Center, 154 Pierrepont Street, Sixth Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Bronx
Bronx Social Security Card Center, 820 Concourse Village West, Second Fl, Bronx, NY 10451

Queens
Queens Social Security Card Center, 155-10 Jamaica Avenue, Second Fl, Jamaica, NY 11432

Manhattan
Manhattan Social Security Card Center, 123 William Street, Third Fl, New York, NY 10038

Note: If you live on Staten Island, you may visit one of the two Staten Island Social Security offices.

If you live in New Jersey or elsewhere, please use the Social Security Office Locator to find the center where you should apply.

If you lose your Social Security number

It’s important that you protect your Social Security number and guard yourself against identity theft. If you lost your SSN card you will need to reapply for a new one. If you don’t have a job or are not authorized to work, you cannot apply for a replacement card until you are authorized to work off-campus or you get a job on-campus at NYU.

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