ALI Students on F-1 status can apply for a Social Security Card for work purposes only. If you need additional identification for banking, housing, or other purposes, you may apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number through the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Please note that the processing time for the Social Security cards may take up to 8 weeks.
Directions to local Social Security Office
Find the location of the Social Security Office nearest to you.
What to bring
You will need to bring the following to the Social Security Office:
- Employment offer/hire letter
- ALI verification of enrollment letter
- Picture ID with your date of birth (i.e. passport, original birth certificate, voter registration card, etc.); this document must be more than one year old
- Current I-20
- I-94 (white card in your passport)
For more information please visit the Social Security website.