Social Security Number

In order to accept any form of employment either on- or off-campus, it is necessary to have a Social Security number. To obtain a Social Security number you must visit a Social Security office and complete an application. You may complete the application before hand and bring it with you to the office.


HOW DO YOU APPLY? To apply for a Social Security number you must appear in person at the Social Security Office and complete an application form (available only at the Social Security Office). Take with you the following items:

  •  Your valid passport
  •  Your valid I-94 (electronic printout)
  •  Your I-20 for F-1 visa holders or DS-2019 for J-1 visiting students
  •  A copy of your class schedule
  •  A letter from the prospective employer stating a job offer or with immediate begin date

If you are authorized for optional practical training, academic training or off-campus work permission based on economic necessity, you should present your Employment Authorization Document (EAD card). If you are authorized for J-1 curricular practical training, you should present your Form DS-2019 endorsed for curricular practical training.
It may take about six weeks to receive your card in the mail. When you apply, you will receive a receipt from the Social Security Office. You should keep this receipt as proof of your application for a number.
Please be aware that a Social Security Number does NOT authorize you to accept employment off campus. Permission to accept off-campus employment can only be granted by USCIS.


There are multiple office locations on Staten Island. Click the following link for the office locator:

Social Security Office Locator