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Social Security

The U.S. government assigns Social Security numbers to people who are authorized to work in the United States and who have employment. A Social Security number is only required if you work in the U.S. and can be obtained with proof of legal employment. F-1 visa status allows students to work while in the U.S., under certain restrictions. 

If you need a social security number, CIE must register your SEVIS record before you visit the Social Security office. New students must complete Arrival Check-in before your SEVIS record is registered. Remember that you are only eligible for a social security number if you have a current job.

 

How to Apply for a Social Security Number:

The process to apply for a Social Security Number is different depending on if you have On-Campus Employment or approved Off-Campus Employment. See the steps for each below.


Steps for student with On-Campus Employment to apply for a Social Security Number: 
  1. Secure an offer letter or contract for your employment
    Departments or offices without offer letters can use this On-Campus Offer Letter Template
  2. Complete the Social Security Appointment request by clicking the Request button below and following the instructions in the request
    Note: If this is your first semester at UWM, you need to have arrived in the U.S., completed your Arrival Check-In, and enrolled in at least one course before completing this request.
  3. Complete a Social Security Number application form and follow the instructions given by the social security office
  4. After your appointment at the Social Security Administration, you should receive a letter that serves as a proof that you have applied for an SSN. If you are not given one, we suggest you ask for it 
  5. Check with the payroll office in Engelmann Hall, Room 170 to determine if they need a copy of the letter of proof
  6. When you receive your original Social Security card in the mail, contact the payroll office in Engelmann Hall Room 170 to determine how to submit a copy of your card



Steps for students authorized for Off-Campus Employment to apply for a Social Security Number: 
  1. Sign and date your I-20 with CPT or OPT authorization
  2. Follow the instructions on the Social Security Administration's website for your application requirements and process
Note: Students with off-campus employment should not apply through the ISSS Connect website. If you need assistance to schedule an appointment with the Social Security office due to their office's closure during COVID-19, please email isss@uwm.edu.