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Social Security Number (SSN)

A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for everyone who works in the U.S., including non-immigrants. It is not a work permit, nor is it a health insurance benefit. The Social Security Number is used by the government to collect taxes from employees’ paychecks to provide stipends to qualifying elderly and disabled people. Certain nonimmigrants (such as F-1) are not required to have Social Security taxes deducted from their pay if they are in the U.S. for less than 5 years. If you are planning to work in the U.S., you must apply for a Social Security Number.

The following people are eligible to apply:

  • F-1 students with job offer letter and work permission.
When To Apply

You must be physically present in the United States in order to make a request to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA is required to verify your legal entry before issuing a card or number. New students should wait at least ten (10) days after the first day of classes.

 

You cannot apply for an SSN until you receive an employment letter and have all the required documents.

 

IMPORTANT: you must provide a Continued Attendance I-20 that is signed by you under “student attestation” section. The initial attendance I-20 will not be accepted.

Application Process for Social Security Number (SSN)
  1. Collect required documentation
    • Completed application
      • You must list a US phone number for the Social Security office to contact you (or use a close friend with a US number).
    • Passport
    • I-94
    • Continued Attendance I-20 (signed)
    • Employer’s Letter
    • Work Permit (CPT/OPT)
  2. Submit all documents to the Social Security Office.
    • Please note, you will need to fax these items to 260-747-6038.
    • You can also send an email to InternationalServices@IndianaTech.edu containing all the items in a PDF and we can fax this on your behalf.
    • Note: we cannot scan the documents for you. On campus, you have access to the Print/Scanners using your Student ID information.
  3. Once the documents have been verified, you will receive a call from the Social Security Office setting up the appointment.
  4. Bring all documents with you to the appointment at the Social Security Office.
  5. Request a written verification receipt. Your Social Security card will arrive in the mail if you are approved (generally in two weeks).
Application Process for Ineligibility Letter

If you do not have a job offer but need a letter stating that you are not eligible for a Social Security Number, you will use the following process:

  1. Create a cover letter.
    • This letter should state: “I need a letter stating that I am ineligible for a Social Security Number”
    • You must include your contact information (name, US phone number, US address)
  2. Collect Required Documentation
    • Cover Letter
    • Passport
    • I-94
    • Continued Attendance I-20 (signed)
  3. Submit all documents to the Social Security Office.
    • Please note, you will need to fax these items to 260-747-6038.
    • You can also send an email to InternationalServices@IndianaTech.edu containing all the items in a PDF and we can fax this on your behalf.
    • Note: we cannot scan the documents for you. On campus, you have access to the Print/Scanners using your Student ID information.
  4. The SSA will be in contact with you if there are any additional questions or will send your letter via mail if everything is in good order.

Note: you must provide a valid US mailing address (including apartment number) as the letter will be mailed to you.

SSN Safety

Although an SSN is only meant to be used for tax and governmental purposes, it is often used by financial institutions, businesses, and others as a unique identification number. Because the SSN is a unique ID, it is often the target of “identity theft”. Therefore you should be very careful about where and to whom you give your SSN.

  • Never carry your Social Security card or number with you.
  • Be very careful with any forms, applications or other materials that may have your SSN.
  • Never give your SSN to someone who calls you on the phone.
  • Never reply to an email or websites that request an SSN.

Social Security Office Information

Address

2122 Lincolnway Court

Fort Wayne, IN 46819

Phone

1-877-233-6061

Fax

260-747-6038

Hours

Due to COVID-19, the Social Security Office is by appointment only. Once you submit your documents, the office will set up an appointment for your meeting.

Please note, if requesting an ineligibility letter, you might not need an in person visit.

Disclaimer

While the International Office can fax the application for you, we cannot provide status of your application nor can we set up any appointments for you. You are not guaranteed a Social Security Number rather you must be go through the application process and have all items verified prior to the SSA can issue anything.