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Social Security Numbers (SSN)

Applying for a Social Security Number (SSN) or SSN Ineligibility Letter

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Before you go to the Social Security Administration Office (SSA) to submit an application and documents for a SSN, ALL newly arrived students MUST WAIT at least ten (10) business days AFTER: (1) The date of your arrival in the United States, and (2) A DSO has registered you in SEVIS.

1. Applying for a Social Security Number (You MUST have a job to apply for an SSN) 

a. Obtain an Employment Offer Letter:

F-1 and J-1 students must provide evidence of employment or a promise of employment before the Social Security Office will assign a SSN.  You need to get an offer letter from your employer or future employer.  For on-campus employment, you will get this letter from the Human Resources Office in Bamberger Hall, room 106. The offer letter must be on official “letterhead” stationery (printed with employer’s company name, logo, address, contact information), which must include the following:

  • Employer’s signature
  • Current date
  • Employee’s name
  • Employee’s job title
  • Employee’s start and end dates
  • Employee’s work hours per week

b. Obtain a Work Authorization Letter from the International Center:

Make sure you are registered full-time for classes (12 undergraduate credits or 7 graduate credits), and bring your original Offer of Employment Letter to the Diversity and International Center. Sara or Michelle will verify your status and give you a Work Authorization Letter

c. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5):

You can download the form at www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.html or find it at the Social Security Office.

d. Go to the Social Security Administration Office (SSA) with required documentation to apply for a SSN:

  • Passport (including visa)
  • I-94 Card
  • Original I-20 (F-1 & F-2 students/dependents) or DS-2019 (J-1 & J-2 students/scholars/dependents)
  • Employment Offer Letter on official “letterhead” stationery
  • Work Authorization Letter from the International Center
  • Form SS-5 Social Security Administration Application 

2. Getting a Social Security “Ineligibility Letter” (If you do NOT have a job and, therefore, you cannot get an SSN) 

If you are not eligible for a social security number, you can request a “letter of ineligibility” from the Social Security Office. You will receive the letter right away. You are required to have the letter of ineligibility in order to apply for a state ID or driver’s license.

To obtain a Social Security Ineligibility Letter, go to the Social Security Administration Office (SSA – address below*) with required documentation:

  • Passport (including visa)
  • I-94 Card (white, usually stapled into passport by current visa)
  • Original I-20 (F-1 & F-2 students/dependents) or DS-2019 (J-1 & J-2 students/scholars/dependents)

*Social Security Administration Office

Address: 175 East 400 South, Suite 500 (diagonal from Downtown Library)

  • You can take the 220 Bus to the University of Utah, then take the TRAX to the Library Stop

Phone: 801-524-4115 or 1-800-772-1213

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm