A Social Security number (SSN) is issued to track earnings over a worker's lifetime. If you will be employed in the United States, you must have a SSN number in order to be paid. Students who are not working or receiving income in the U.S. are not eligible for a SSN.

In order to issue a SSN, the Social Security Administration requires evidence that you are eligible to work in the U.S., that you are a full-time student, and that you have received a formal offer of on-campus employment, or have been authorized for off-campus employment through Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). The Social Security Administration must also verify your immigration documents and status with Immigration before issuing the Social Security number. New students may not apply for an SSN earlier than 10 business days after arriving in the U.S. As a reminder, your SSN itself is not a work permit. There is no charge for a SSN number and card. It generally takes the SSA about 3-4 weeks to process your card.

The nearest Social Security Administration to KSI is located on 2116 GREEN BAY RD EVANSTON, IL 60201. They are closed on the weekends.

Application Process
To obtain your SSN, you will need to do the following:

  •  Request a full-time status letter
  •  Bring with you:
      1.   Passport
      2.   I-94 card or electronic I-94 information, which can be obtained at CBP.gov/I94
      3.   EAD card (OPT students only)
  •  Form SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card: http://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf