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Social Security Number Application Procedures

Students who already have a Social Security number for employment DO NOT NEED TO APPLY AGAIN AND DO NOT NEED THIS LETTER unless they need a replacement card.
 
Social Security Administration (SSA) regulations stipulate that only those F-1 and J-1 students that are EMPLOYED may apply for a Social Security number (SSN). The SSA requires a letter of employment from the hiring department, in addition to an endorsement from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), before they will issue a SSN. The SSA suggests that students wait at least 10 days after their arrival in the United States to apply for a SSN. Refer to International Students and Social Security Numbers (www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10181.html) for more information.
 
Students and hiring departments should follow the steps below:
  1. Student: report to OISS by submitting the Office of International Students and Scholars Check-In Form (https://nevada.formstack.com/forms/oiss_student_checkin) in order for us to register/validate your SEVIS record.
    1. Your SEVIS record must be registered/validated for at least 48 hours before you go to the SSA to apply for your SSN.
  2. Hiring department: complete Part I of the Social Security Number On-Campus Employment Verification (DocuSign form).
    1. Use the student’s name as it appears on their passport.
  3. Once the Department Employee finishes Part I, the DocuSign form will be sent to the student’s Supervisor for their signature.
    1. Department Employee and Supervisor may be the same person.
  4. After the Supervisor signs the form, it will be sent to OISS to receive an endorsement in Part II from a Designated School Official at OISS.
  5. Student: take the following documents to the local SSA office (https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/ic001.action#officeResults) (1170 Harvard Way, Reno, NV 89502):
    1. completed verification letter
    2. an Application For A Social Security Card (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf) (Form SS-5) (also available at the SSA office)
    3. unexpired passport
    4. I-94
    5. I-20 or DS-2019
    6. You will receive a confirmation of the application if the application is accepted.
  6. Student: take the confirmation of the application to the hiring department as proof of your SSN application along with any form of a national identification you have from any country.
    1. The hiring department will use your country and national ID number in Workday as a placeholder for the SSN in order to complete the hiring paperwork.
    2. Inform the hiring department once you receive your SSN to update payroll and tax records. This should occur between 60 and 90 days from the date of application.
    3. Do not carry your SSN card around with you, store it in a safe place.
Students should also see the on-campus Nonresident Alien Tax Services (www.unr.edu/campus-business/units-and-services/nrat) in the Controller’ Office (Ross Hall, Room 101D) to complete any tax related forms and make sure the correct tax deductions are taken from their paychecks. nra@unr.edu or 775-784-1404.