• Philadelphia Social Security Card Center
    2 Penn Center, Suite 2000B, 1500 JKF Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Phone number: 877-541-5846

Please be sure to ask SSA for a receipt notice to show that you have applied for a Social Security Number (SSN).

Required Documents
When you go to the Philadelphia Social Security Card Center, you must present the following documents:

  • For J-1 Scholars:
    • Social Security Letter completed and signed by ISSS. Please note, you must be paid by Temple to be eligible for a SSN.
    • SSA Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5)
    • Original DS-2019
    • Passport, visa (stamp), Original I-94 card
    • Appointment/Invitation Letter from TU
  • For H-1B, O -1, TN, and E-3:
    • Social Security Letter completed and signed by ISSS
    • SSA Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5)
    • Employment Offer Letter
    • Original I-797 Approval (TN and E-3 will only have I-797 if case is processed by USCIS in the US instead obtaining status upon entry to US)
    • Passport, visa (stamp), Original I-94 card

For Scholars and Employees who will be paid by TU
Individuals who will be paid by Temple University must complete an I-9 within three days of beginning employment. This is a U.S. law.

Due to these two time sensitive matters, applying for a social security number and being enrolled in the Payroll System will be a multi-step experience.

  • Within three days of beginning employment, contact Payroll Management [1-215-926-2244] in Human Resources to be added to the payroll system - you can be added without a SSN.
  • Apply for a social security card - you will be given a receipt notice from the SSA Office once you apply
  • Once you receive the SSA receipt, email a copy to and;  Payroll Management needs this receipt in order to tax your income at the lowest possible rate
  • You will need to show Payroll Management the actual SSA card as soon as you receive it in the mail (approximately 3-6 weeks). Do Not Send a Copy of the Card using regular email. Send sensitive documents through encrypted mail.

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For more information, please contact ISSS.