Social Security Number

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

Due to COVID-19, the process for obtaining a Social Security Number has changed. The Social Security Administration Office is now seeing students by appointment only. They are currently not open to the public.

To initiate a SSN appointment, please complete the Social Security Appointment Request form. You will need the following to complete the form:

Once you complete the Social Security Appointment Request Form, you will receive an email from April Otucan, the ISS Graduate Assistant, with further instructions.

What to Take to the Appointment:

Social Security Office Location:

200 East Main St, 2nd Floor
Rochester, NY 14604
1-800-772-1213

If you have recently entered the US, please wait at least 2 weeks so that your I-94 can be printed and the Social Security Office can access your record.

Getting Paid

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.