International Student Services
F-1 international students must have a job to apply for a social security number. J-1 exchange visitors (students, faculty, and staff) do not need a job to apply for a social security number.
However, since the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires P/DSOs and RO/AROs to verify enrollment/employment of their international students and exchange visitors as part of the social security card process, J-1 exchange visitors will be required to follow the same procedures as F-1 international students.
Regardless of status in the U.S., all new international students and exchange visitors to Champlain are advised to wait 10 days after arriving in the U.S. before applying for a social security card.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that social security numbers are issued to international students only for the purpose of employment. Therefore, the SSA requires schools to verify that students are in need of a social security number for employment by issuing a letter addressed to the SSA office.
Before OISS issues a verification letter for the SSA, an international student or exchange visitor must make an appointment with the Director of OISS and bring to the appointment a letter on company letterhead with an official signature from either an on- or off-campus prospective employer offering the student or scholar a job. After the appointment, the international student or exchange visitor will receive the following items to take to the nearest SSA office with the official employment offer letter:
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