How to Apply for an SSN

How to Apply for an SSN

The Social Security Administration (SSA) office in New Haven is now open for walk-in appointments Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm. The office is located at 150 Court Street in New Haven.


Overview of the Process

  1. Confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria and have all the required documents below. Please note that you may need to stop by the OISS office for a signature. See the section for your specific visa type below.
  2. Go to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office at 150 Court Street, 4th Floor, with all the required documents.
    1. An appointment is not required, but you may schedule one by calling the New Haven SSA Office at (866) 331-5281.
    2. You may be required to wear a mask while in the office.
  3. If you are approved, the SSA will mail you your Social Security Card with your Social Security Number (SSN).
  4. Once you receive your new SSN:
    • Students should report this number in person to their school registrar.
    • Faculty and staff should report this number to the Employee Service Center at 221 Whitney Avenue.
    • Do not write your SSN in the body of an email or text message or send a copy of your SSN card.

Are You Eligible to Apply for a Social Security Number (SSN)?

In order to apply for an SSN, you must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • F-1 students who have secured on-campus employment, are receiving for-service fellowships, or working off-campus with OPT or CPT
    • Students on CPT can apply for their SSN no earlier than 30 days before the start of their CPT
  • All F-1 PhD students
  • J-1 students with letter of permission to work from sponsor (either Yale or outside organization, e.g. Fulbright)
  • All J-1 scholars and anyone in H-1B, TN, or O-1 status
  • J-2 spouses/partners with permission to work from USCIS (i.e. with an EAD card)

In addition to the above, the following requirements must also be met:

Required Documents

You will also need to complete an application form, and some students and scholars may need additional documentation. Please see the specific instructions below.