New Social Security Card Procedures
Social Security Administration (SSA)
will not process an SSN application if the employment start date
for general on-campus work or curricular practical training
(CPT) is more than 30 days in the future.
SSA will not process an SSN
application if a DHS-issued Employment Authorization Document
(Form I-766 or I-688B) shows a future work authorization date
(as shown by the issue or "valid from" date on the employment
The SSA will only issue Social Security
Numbers (SSN) and SSN cards to international students and scholars
for work purposes only.
For more details visit the link: Social Security Administration
The following evidence is required for
each of the categories below.
F-1 On-Campus Employment
The F-1 student will have to provide a statement from his or
her on-campus employer on UH department letterhead (1st letter),
to prove that the student is engaging in, or has secured, specific
For your convenience, ISSSO has provided a template for on-campus
employers. You can fill the form by clicking
here . Please have the on campus employer print the form on a letterhead. For J-1 Visa holders, please go to this link.
F-1 students who apply for an SSN on the basis of on-campus
employment will also have to present a letter from a Designated
School Official (2nd letter) at the International Student and
Scholar Services Office (ISSSO), 302 Student Service Center
1, stating that the student is authorized to engage in on-campus
employment, the nature of the employment to be engaged in, and
identifying the on-campus employer for whom the student will
be working. The F-1 student needs to bring the 1st letter to
ISSSO to request the 2nd letter.
Bring your 1st and 2nd letter along with your passport, I-94
card and I-20 to Social Security Administration Office to apply
Directions to SSN Office
Once the authorization is received from us for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), F-1 students should bring their passport, I-94 card, and the newly updated I-20 with
the work authorization typed on page 3 to the Social Security Office.
F-1 students on Optional Practical Training or Economic Hardship
Work Permission need to show their passport, I-94 card, I-20,
and Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card.
Working While Awaiting for an SSN
An F-1 student may work while the Social Security number application
is being processed. Employers may wish to reference SSA’s
fact sheet, Employer Responsibilities When Hiring Foreign Workers.
This fact sheet contains information on how to report wages
for an employee who has not yet received an SSN and is available
online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/employer/hiring.htm.