Social Security Number (SSN)
Understanding this identification number
As a J-1 student, you must ALWAYS have authorization prior to engaging in all employment on or off- campus. This authorization is in the form of letter signed by ISSS.
A Social Security Number (SSN) is a unique, permanent identification number used for income tax reporting. J-1 students are not eligible for a social security number unless they have received a job offer and will be participating in authorized employment.
You do not need a Social Security number to:
- open a bank account
- obtain a cell phone
- rent an apartment
- obtain an Arizona State Driver’s License or ID card
- for any other non-tax related purposes
The IRS or any other government agency will not contact people over the phone or via email requesting their social security number. Do not give out your SSN unless you are certain it is for a legitimate purpose. Do not carry your Social Security Card with you–keep it in a secure place.
How to apply for a Social Security Number
If you are eligible to apply for an SSN, you will need to follow these steps:
- Complete the On-Campus employment Request form on iNAU. The request form asks if you need a social security number. If you do not already have one, please indicate that you need one.
- Once ISSS reviews and approves your on-campus employment authorization request, and if you selected that you need a SSN, we will print two letters: an on-campus employment authorization and a social security number support letter. Once you have the Social Security Support Letter you will need to apply for your SSN directly through the Social Security Administration. You will need to bring the following documents with you to apply for an SSN:
- Completed Application for a Social Security Card (SS-5)
- Form I-94
- Original DS-2019
- Social Security Support Letter (from ISSS)
Students may begin work once they have applied for the social security number, received on-campus employment authorization, and taken their receipt and letter to HR. Once the card arrives, sign it and keep it in a safe location. You will receive a Social Security Card in the mail approximately one to two weeks after applying for it.