Social Security Number Close Sub-Nav Menu Study Abroad & International Education J-Term Study/Travel J-term 2018 Study/Travel CoursesPayment Procedure & Scholarship InformationJ-Term Mandatory Insurance Plan International TravelDomestic Travel J-term Resources Semester Abroad FAQsEligibility and CostsSemester Abroad Application InformationScholarships International Students Obtaining an F-1 VisaMaintaining Student StatusEmployment Social Security NumberCurricular Practical Training (CPT)Optional Practical Training (OPT) Driver's LicenseHealth InsuranceTravelTransfer to R-MCInternational Student Orientation International @ R-MC International Assistant ProgramInternational HousePhoto Gallery 2015 Photo Contest Winner Study Abroad Photo ContestInternational Education Week 2016 OIE staffParents & FamiliesVoices from Abroad Social Security Number If you will be earning money in the U.S. and have authorization to work on campus or off-campus (including graduate assistantships), you must apply for a Social Security number (SSN) in order to be paid. Download Social Security Application Instructions (PDF). When applying for a Social Security number, individuals holding an F-1 or J-1 visitor category student visa will need to present the following documents to the Social Security Administration Office. All I-20s or DS-2019s Passport, visa and I-94 card Offer of Employment letter: must come from the employing college department on letterhead and must include the following: Student's full name. When the employment will begin (anticipated or actual employment start date no more than 30 days in the future at the time of application). The nature of the employment. Where the work will be performed. Number of hours per week the student will work (do not exceed twenty hours per week). R-MC's EIN (Employer Identification Number): 54-0505940 Employer contact information, including telephone number and the name of the student's immediate supervisor. This will prove that the student has obtained work or is employed. A sample letter can be found on the next page. Authorization to Work letter The OIE is the ONLY office authorized to issue this letter. We will need the Offer of Employment letter in order to prepare the Authorization letter. Once you apply in person with the Social Security Administration Office, you should receive your SSN within two weeks. If you or the department hiring you has any questions, please contact the Office of International Education or visit the Social Security Administration's section for foreign students (PDF). Note: As of fall 2012, one-year exchange students are not allowed to work during their time at R-MC.