Social Security Number

What is a Social Security Number (SSN)?

SSN are primarily intended to identify participants in the federal government’s social security program, which provides retirement and disability benefits to workers and their families. The Social Security Administration (SSA) holds the view that a Social Security Number should be issued only for employment reasons. It is not intended to facilitate the issuance of credit cards, cell phones, bank accounts.

Why should I apply for an SSN?

The Social Security Number (SSN) is a tax identification number that tracks employee salary in a payroll system. The University must show proof of an SSN to the IRS for every individual employed by the University in order to pay that employee and to conduct government reporting required of employers. F-1 and J-1 students that are eligible for employment in the United States, whether on or off campus, will also require a Social Security Number. Beyond tracking payroll, the SSN has become somewhat of a universal identification number used for many purposes around the country, including signing up for utilities, phone service, credit reporting, and banking. This is equivalent to KTP Number in Indonesia.

Who is eligible to apply for an SSN?

F-1 Students

J-1 Students

H-1B Employees

What are the documents required?

How to apply for an SSN?