International Student Services

Social Security Card

How to Apply For a Social Security Number

If you want to find a job, you need to apply for a Social Security number in order to work legally. To apply a Social Security Card, you have to have a job offer first.  Please direct your supervisor to fill out the following form  This form will allow International Student Services to issue a letter that you can take to the Social Security office.  The letter must be signed by your supervisor as well as the ISS Director.  Only supervisors may fill out this form, NOT students.  You will be notified when your letter is ready to be picked up.  Please take the letter from ISS, your passport, visa, I-20 (or DS-2019) and your I-94 card (if you last came to the U.S. after April 2013, you may need to print an electronic I-94) to the Social Security office.  DO NOT work before you have been issued a social security number.  Even if your supervisor says it is ok to work, it is NOT ok.  If your social security application is pending, you may NOT work.

To apply for a Social Security number:

  1. Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5). You may download the form at;


  1. Show your original documents proving your:


a. Immigration status

Bring your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and I-20/DS2019
b. Work eligibility

Provide evidence of employment (recent pay slip or a letter from your employer). Your supervisor and the international student adviser must sign and date the employment letter. This letter must describe:

      • Your job;
      • Employment start date;
      • The number of hours you are, or will be, working; and
      •  Name and telephone number of your supervisor.

c. Age

Present your birth certificate if you have it or can easily obtain it. If not, take your passport with you.

d. Identity

Your passport and I-94 card will provide identification.

Please note:

All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. SSA will not accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.

Bring your completed application form and documents to:


Social Security Address:

Local Number: (816) 233-2511

Office Hours:

MONDAY:                           9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

TUESDAY:                          9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WEDNESDAY:                    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

THURSDAY                        9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

FRIDAY:                              9:00 AM – 3:00 PM




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