Services for Continuing Students

Social Security Letter

A Social Security Number (SSN) is required to receive wages, file taxes, and receive some types of government services in the U.S. Private industries such as mobile phone retailers, banks, apartment management companies, etc. may also require that you have a SSN to utilize their services.

F-1 students are only eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN) if they have a paid job offer through on-campus employment or authorized off-campus employment. Follow the steps below to obtain a SSN:

Step 1: Obtain an Employment Verification/Offer Letter

Obtain an employment verification/offer letter from an on-campus or off-campus employer (valid off-campus employment authorization required). The letter must be on official employer letterhead and include your job title, dates of employment, number of hours of work per week, and location of employment.

Step 2: Submit a Social Security Letter Request from to DCISS

Submit a Social Security Letter Request form to DCISS with your employment verification/offer letter (no appointment required). Your Social Security Eligibility Letter will be ready for pick up 3 business days after the date of your submission.

Step 3: Apply for a SSN at the Social Security Administration

Take the following documents to Social Security Administration (SSA):

  • DCISS Social Security Letter
  • UCLA I-20
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure Card
  • Passport

    Click Here to locate your nearest Social Security Administration Office.

* Note: The earliest you can request a SSN is 30 days before your paid employment start date.

** If you are receiving scholarships, fellowships, or grants, but are currently ineligible for an SSN, then you must instead apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

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