Social Security Card

Students in F-1 status:

In order to obtain a Social Security card, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have obtained on-campus employment at your school
  • You have been authorized for Curricular Practical Training by a Designated School Official (DSO) at your school
  • You have been authorized for Optional Practical Training by USCIS

When applying for a Social Security card, you must present the following documents:

  • Passport (Canadians who do not have a passport may present a Canadian birth certificate.)
  • I-94 card
  • I-20
  • One of the following:
    • For on-campus employment, a letter from the DSO that identifies your employer and the type of work you are, or will be, doing AND evidence of that employment such as a recent pay slip or a letter from your employer. The letter must describe your job, your employment start date, the number of hours you are, or will be working, and your supervisor's name and telephone number. The letter must be printed on University letterhead, signed by your supervisor and dated. A form letter is available for your supervisor to fill out online.
    • Form I-20 with page 3 endorsed for Curricular Practical Training by a DSO
    • Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) issued by USCIS (for Optional Practical Training)

Students in J-1 status:

When applying for a Social Security card, you must present the following documents:

  • Passport (Canadians who do not have a passport may present a Canadian birth certificate.)
  • I-94 card
  • DS-2019
  • A work authorization letter from the Responsible Officer (RO) at your school (for on- or off-campus work)

At the Social Security Office, you will be asked to fill out an application. Depending on the time of day you visit the office, you should expect to wait up to one or two hours.

Although you may visit any Social Security office to obtain your card, we recommend that you visit the one near the McNichols campus. Since they are familiar with UDM foreign-student applications, there should be less likelihood of problems.

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