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In order to be eligible to apply for a Social Security Number you must:
Be in the United States. New students should wait until they've entered the U.S before trying to apply for a Social Security Number. Students entering the U.S. for the first time in F or J student status must submit the immigration reporting form prior to applying for a SSN. Transfer students from another U.S. school must first be registered for classes and then in SEVIS by ISSS before applying. If your SEVIS record is not "active" the Social Security office will not be able to verify your status with the USCIS.
If you are sponsored by a third party (such as Fulbright), ISSS cannot assist you with the SSN process — please contact your sponsor for instructions.
Please follow these directions to apply for a SSN.
Note that you will need 2 different letters from Temple, a "social security number support letter from ISSS" and your employment offer letter (see step #1 and #2). The Office of Social Security is the only government office that is requesting a "wet" signature, so you'll need an original letter to apply for the social security card.
As mentioned in Step #1 above, you will need an employment offer letter. It should include the following information:
You will then proceed to the office of Social Security on the day of your appointment with the SSA with the following items:
Social Security office:
At your SSN appointment, be sure to obtain a receipt to prove that you have applied. You should receive the SSN card in the mail within one to two months.
Make sure to keep your SSN secure. Never email your SSN. If the wrong person gets your SSN, they can spend a lot of money in your name!!
If you have an on campus job at Temple, you will need to speak with Human Resources in order to use the receipt from Social Security to begin receiving payments from Temple.
Once you receive your Social Security Card (approximately 2-6 weeks via mail) update the following:
If you do not receive the card within 60 days, return to the Social Security office to inquire or call the toll-free phone number 1-800-772-1213. Do NOT apply for a second card; you should have only one SSN in your lifetime. If you continue to experience difficulties obtaining the card, contact ISSS
It is possible that your SSN will be requested for different activities: banking, utilities, etc. However, we recommend asking if other forms of identification can be used instead of the SSN. Employment is the only time that you should use your SSN.
You are not eligible to apply for a Social Security Number unless you are authorized for employment in the United States.