A Social Security number (SSN) is used to report your wages to the U.S. government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits. Social Security numbers can be assigned to foreign workers who are authorized to work in the United States.
F-1 students are eligible to apply for a SSN if you have evidence of authorization for the following situations:
Applying for a Social Security Number & Card with the Social Security Administration
The closest Social Security Administration is located at 24301 Southland Dr, Hayward, CA 94545. Please visit the Social Security website for office hours, directions and other locations.
When visiting the Social Security Administration to apply for a SSN, you will need to take the following:
CPT- you cannot apply earlier than 30 days before your CPT start date
OPT- You must apply on or after the start date on your EAD card if you didn't apply using the I-765 form during your OPT application.
You will receive a Social Security card in the mail approximately 1-2 weeks after applying for it. If you have any questions while waiting to receive your Social Security number, contact the Social Security Administration directly at 1 800 772 1213.
**It is very important that you keep your social security card in a safe place. Do not carry it with you, do not give the number out when it is not needed**
A Social Security Number is Not Required for the following