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Social Security Numbers


Applying for a Social Security Number (SSN)

Social Security Numbers (SSN) are only issued to F-1 international students who have secured a job on campus. Although many institutions such as banks, landlords, etc. may ask you for one, you are not required to have one.  J-1 students and scholars may apply for an SSN before they have secured employment.  

All applicants must present:

  • All immigration documents: Passport, I-94 card, SEVIS I-20 for F students (or DS-2019  for J students) and I-94 record to print out your I-94. 
  • Work permission letter from OISS
  • "Statement Concerning F-1 Student’s Application for a Social Security Number” (F-1 students only)  

Social Security Office – Boston                      
10 Causeway Street, Room 148
Boston, MA 02222
(Green Line to North Station)
Check for hours (enter 02222 zip code to get Boston hours)

Be sure to ask for a receipt. You will not get the Social Security card when you apply.  It will be shipped to the address you provide on your application.  It typically takes 2 weeks to arrive.  There is no fee for the SSN.

Attention: new students and scholars entering the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status for the first time: Wait for the instructions from the OISS concerning the date that you are eligible to go to the Social Security Office

You MUST bring your Social Security Number to the Human Resources Service Center, 129 Lake Street- Brighton Campus, when you recieve your SSN.