If you are an F-1 or J-1 student, you are eligible to apply for a social security number (SSN) if you meet one of the following criteria:
- You are employed on-campus
- You are employed with an off-campus internship that has been pre-approved with Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- You have an employment authorization document (EAD)
- You have been approved for a period of Academic Training (J-1 Students only)
Instructions on how to obtain an SSN can be found here: SSN Instructions
For new students that are immediately eligible by virtue of on-campus assistantships, you may not proceed to the Social Security Administration without completing the SEVIS registration first (i.e. complete check-in with the Center for Global Programs & Studies). The SSA will not process an application for an individual whose SEVIS record has not been activated.