A Social Security number is a unique, 9-digit number issued by the US government to citizens and eligible residents. To apply for a Social Security Number, you must have a job offer or be working.
Getting a Student Employment Card and Completing the I-9 Form
The I-9 is the employment eligibility verification process.
Please review the Student Employment Office’s FAQ section, International Students- Employment Eligibility.
Applying for a Social Security Number
The Social Security Administration office is open to the public. Students may apply for their SSN in-person. The SSA does not make appointments.
To apply for an SSN, please follow the instructions below:
Working on-campus: Drop off your Hire Form, signed in blue ink by your RIT employer, to ISS. You can pick it up after 48 hours. SSA will not accept your form if it does not have blue ink original (“wet”) signatures from ISS and your supervisor. Photocopied signatures are not accepted.
Working on Co-op: follow instructions on our CPT page to submit your Social Security Request form with your CPT I-20 request.
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After you submit your application:
Be sure the Social Security Office gives you a receipt when you apply. Your card will then be processed and mailed to the address on the receipt, typically about 2 weeks after you apply.
Remember, you may search for jobs, start a job, and even get paid while waiting for your SSN card. You can legally start work with your work authorization in place.
A Social Security card will be sent to the address listed on your application approximately 2 weeks after you apply. When you have your Social Security Number, you must inform the Registrar's Office of your number.
Paychecks are available at your place of employment or by direct deposit into your bank account.
Under this process, if you have a Student Employment Office Eligibility Card, you can be hired immediately and paid. You must follow the critical SSN steps above to remain on the Payroll without interruption.