Social Security Number (SSN)
As an F-1 or J-1 International student you do not need a social security number unless you are engaging in employment. If you are engaging in employment through one of the following you are eligible to apply for a social security number:
How to get a Social Security Number (SSN):
Make A Request for a social security letter from ISSS
Bring the following documents to the Social Security Adminstration
- SS-5 Application form available HERE
- Print out I-94 from HERE
- I-20 or DS-2019
- Offer Letter from Employer
- Social Security Letter from ISSS
- Student ID
The Social Security Administration checks your legal status in the USCIS S.A.V.E. database. Sometimes the database does not show a person's status immediately. Most applicants receive a receipt for their application the day that they visit the office and the social security cad with the number in the mail in a few weeks. To locate the Social Security Administration office nearest you, go to www.ssa.gov and click on the "find your nearest Social Security office" link as the bottom of the page.
Tax and Filing your Taxes
Taxes are due each April. All international students are responsible for filing a tax return each year, even if you have not had any employment.
- Tax Reference for International Visitors.
- Tax Reference for International Students.
- International Tax Overview (including Scholarship Information) J-1 students that are sponsored by a third party (Fulbright, AmidEast, AmericanCouncils, etc) should check with their sponsors regarding taxes.
J-1 students that are sponsored by a third party (Fulbright, AmidEast, AmericanCouncils, etc) should check with their sponsors regarding taxes.
International Taxes, Employees, and Scholarships
In regards to International Taxes for employees, student employees and certain recipients of scholarships, there are specific tax burdens that are required for these individuals. If you are an employee of the university you will need to meet with the International Tax Specialist or contact them if you have questions.
Contact the International Tax Specialist (Only for employeees of the University)
If you are a scholarship recipient, there are certain circumstances where you may owe or be charged taxes. You can find this informaiton on the International Tax Overview.