International Student Services
F-1 international students must have a job to apply for a social security number. J-1 international students 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 of their international students as part of the social security card process, J-1 international students will be required to follow the same procedures as F-1 international students. Regardless of status in the U.S., all new international students 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 OIE issues a verification letter for the SSA, an international student (F-1 or J-1) must make an appointment with the Assistant Director, International Student Services 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 a job. After the appointment, the international student will receive the following items to take to the nearest SSA office with the official employment offer letter:
Social Security Administration Office
58 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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