A Social Security number is a unique, 9-digit number issued by the US government to citizens and eligible residents. To apply for a Social Security Number, you must have a job offer or be working.
Getting a Student Employment Card and Completing the I-9 Form
The I-9 is the employment eligibility verification process.
Please review the Student Employment Office’s FAQ section, International Students- Employment Eligibility.
Applying for a Social Security Number
Due to COVID-19, the process for obtaining a Social Security Number has changed. The Social Security Administration Office is now seeing students by appointment only. They are currently not open to the public.
Social Security Request Letter (if beginning CPT) OR Hire Form (if working on-campus)
Social Security Office Location:
200 East Main St, 2nd Floor
Rochester, NY 14604
If you have recently entered the US, please wait at least 2 weeks so that your I-94 can be printed and the Social Security Office can access your record.
A Social Security card will be sent to the address listed on your application approximately 2 weeks after you apply. When you have your Social Security Number, you must inform the Registrar's Office of your number.
Paychecks are available at your place of employment or by direct deposit into your bank account.
Under this process, if you have a Student Employment Office Eligibility Card, you can be hired immediately and paid. You must follow the critical SSN steps above to remain on the Payroll without interruption.