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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:


            I-20 or DS-2019


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:

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


            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:   


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