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Getting a Social Security Number

Why Do International Students Need a Social Security Number?

International students will need a Social Security number to work in the United States, even on campus at Washington College. The Social Security Administration will only assign Social Security numbers to students with documentation certifying that they have an on-campus job or are authorized to work under one of the categories listed below:

 How Do I Apply For A Social Security Number?

You will need to bring the following documentation with you to the Social Security Administration to apply:

            Passport

            I-20 or DS-2019

            I-94

You will also need ONE of the following:

Job offer letter on department letterhead and ISS certification letter (for on campus work)

Job offer letter on company letterhead and CPT authorization on your I-20 form (for F-1 student internships)

 Valid employment authorization card for F-1 Optional Practical Training or F-1 Economic Hardship

Job offer letter on company letterhead; AT or Economic Hardship authorization on your DS-2019 form and ISS certification letter (J-1 only)

Once you have the necessary documents, you will submit your application on Form SS-5 with the Social Security Administration closest to where you live.  There is no fee to apply.

 

Where is the Closest Social Security Administration Located?

The Social Security office closest to Washington College is in Elkton, Maryland (approx. 45 min. away). 

Office Address:

SOCIAL SECURITY
SUITE A
101 CHESAPEAKE BLVD
ELKTON, MD 21921

 

            Phone Numbers

Local Number 1-866-331-2218

National Toll-Free 1-800-772-1213

TTY 1-800-325-0778

 

  Hours of Operation:

MON: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

TUES: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

WED: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

THUR: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

FRI: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

SAT &  SUN: CLOSED

            Except Federal Holidays

           

Directions from Washington College: http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=300+Washington+Ave,+Chestertown,+MD&daddr=SOCIAL+SECURITY+SUITE+A+101+CHESAPEAKE+BLVD+ELKTON,+MD+21921&hl=en&sll=38.804821,-77.236966&sspn=2.855039,5.531616&geocode=FWRmVgIdWEt3-ylbj8wLXIvHiTEkTNiEbpE_Dw%3BFSVTXAIdxpF7-yHmakpD9l72cCnflf9Ko6jHiTHmakpD9l72cA&oq=300+Washington+Ave,+&mra=ls&t=m&z=10

 

To Locate A Social Security Office Anywhere Within the United States Please Visit:   

         https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/Controller

Useful Links:

 Social Security Card Application Form (Form SS-5)     https://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdfapply

 

Additional Information on how to apply for a Social Security Number         http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10181.html