How to Apply for a SSN

For specific application instructions, select your immigration status below:


F-1 Student

On-campus Employment

  1. Pick up an application form (Form SS-5) from the OISS front desk, as well as a letter confirming your Yale related immigration status and employment eligibility,
  2. Obtain written verification from employer or the for-service fellowship sponsor which includes the nature of the employment or fellowship, number of hours, and the date employment is expected to begin.
    • Yale College – Written verification of employment can be requested at the Student Employment Office, 246 Church Street.
    • Masters and Professional Students - Written verification can come directly from your School or from the Student Employment Office, 246 Church Street. (Note: If you are an MA student and a TA in GSAS, then please contact the Teaching Fellow Program for an employment letter)
    • PhD Students – All PhD students are eligible to apply for a social security number. Make a copy of your letter of admission and obtain a letter from OISS certifying your eligibility to apply
  3. Take these documents along with your passport, I-94 record, and your I-20 to the Social Security Administration at 150 Court Street, 4th Floor (see right margin for directions.)

On CPT or OPT

  1. Application form (Form SS-5) and letter from OISS confirming your Yale related immigration status and employment eligibility, both available at the OISS front desk.
  2. Immigration documents: valid passport, I-94 record, and your I-20 with CPT or OPT authorization.
  3. If you are on OPT, you will also need to present your Employment Authorization Card when you go to the Social Security Administration.

J-1 Exchange Visitor

  1. Pick up an application form (Form SS-5) from OISS, as well as a letter confirming your Yale related immigration status and employment eligibility,
  2. Take these documents along with your passport, I-94 record, and your DS-2019 form to the Social Security Administration at 150 Court Street, 4th Floor (see right margin for directions.)

J-2

  1. Complete an application form (Form SS-5) available at OISS or available online.
  2. Take the application along with your passport, Employment Authorization Card (EAD), I-94 record, and your DS-2019 form to the Social Security Administration at 150 Court Street, 4th Floor (see right margin for directions.)

H-1B/O-1

  1. Complete an application form (Form SS-5) available at OISS or online.
  2. Take the application along with your passport, I-797 approval notice, and I-94 record to the Social Security Administration at 150 Court Street, 4th Floor (see right margin for directions.)

TN

  1. Complete an application form (Form SS-5) available at OISS or online.
  2. Take the application along with your passport, I-797 approval notice, and I-94 record to the Social Security Administration at 150 Court Street, 4th Floor (see right margin for directions.)