- About Us
Social Security is the U.S. government's social insurance plan. It is intended to benefit retired people and certain people who are injured, disabled, or left without adequate means of financial support. It is financed by means of withholdings from employees' pay and employer's contributions. In addition to the government's social insurance plan, the Social Security number is used for important processes such as tax-filing, background checks, and assessing eligibility for credit-based financial applications. Virtually all Americans have a "Social Security number" which designates their account with the Social Security Administration. Immigrant and non-immigrant workers are also required to obtain a Social Security number (SSN).
As an F-1 student, you will apply for an SSN after obtaining a job on or off campus with the help of the ISS office. Once you are assigned a Social Security number, it is yours for life. Please remember to keep your SSN card in a safe and secure location. Do not laminate your card and always protect your SSN number.
Step I - Getting an Employment Eligibility Card and Completing the I-9 Form
New students who wish to work on-campus must first receive an offer of employment from an on-campus employer. At this time, your new supervisor will complete a 'Student Employment Verification Slip' for you to bring to the Student Employment Office so you will be able to get your Employment Eligibility Card.
You will be required to complete the government mandated I-9 Form and submit original documentation to prove identity and employment eligibility. This process must be completed in person in the Student Employment Office (SEO). The SEO is located in the University Services Center in Room 1350. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
In order to work on-campus, students must:
Step II - Applying for a Social Security Number
Due to COVID-19, the process for obtaining an SSN this has changed. The SSA Office is now seeing students by appointment only. They are not open to the public at this time.
To initiate an SSN appointment, please complete the Social Security Appointment Request form. You will also need the following to successfully complete the form:
(1) If you are working on campus, a copy of your Hire Form from your RIT Employer (looks like this)
(2) If you will work on co-op, a screenshot of your completed Social Security Request Form for Co-op (after you have obtained your CPT I-20 from ISS)
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
Telephone number: 1-800-772-1213
PLEASE NOTE – 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.
Under this process, international students who have a Student Employment Office Eligibility Card may now be immediately hired and paid, but they must follow the critical steps above to remain on the Payroll without interruption.