To be eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN), F-1 and J-1 students must provide evidence of actual employment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires two letters, one from your employer (supervisor) and one from ISSS, stating that the student is authorized to work on campus, the nature of the employment that has been obtained, and the identity of the campus employer. For additional information regarding the law, click Social Security Cards
To be eligible, the student must meet all the following requirements:
If all requirements have been met, please follow these procedures:
If you are NOT eligible for a Social Security Number, you may be eligible for an ITIN (Tax Identification Number), if you are receiving income, i.e. scholarships, fellowships. You will need to complete form W-7, found at IRS.
NOTE: You may still open a bank account and obtain a driver's license or a Texas ID without having a SSN or ITIN. Please ask ISSS for information regarding these procedures.
NOT EVERY STUDENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. STUDENTS NEED TO COME TO THE INTERNATIIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR SERVICES (ISSS) OFFICE FOR ASSISTANCE.