SSN Application

Applying for a Social Security Number

Anyone who works in the U.S. must have a Social Security card with a Social Security number.   Numbers will only be issued to people who are eligible to be employed in the United States. Numbers are not issued for purposes of general identification (driver licenses, tax returns, bank accounts, phone service, etc. Bank accounts can be opened by completing IRS Form W-8, Certificate of Foreign Status.)

 NOTE: Nonimmigrants ineligible for a Social Security Card are still able to receive a Rhode Island Driver License.

The Social Security card application form and additional information is available from available online at the Social Security Administration website.   

What To Bring to Social Security Administration Office

To obtain a Social Security card, present the following documents, along with a completed Social Security card application, in person to a Social Security representative. All documents submitted to the Social Security Office must match EXACTLY with the spelling of all names, date of birth, etc. of Department of Homeland Security’s records.

F-1 Students
  • Valid Passport
  • I-94 card or printout of I-94 admission record
  • Valid Form I-20
  • Proof of employment, such as a job offer letter
  • If employment is on-campus during your academic program, you will need to submit a letter from OISSS authorizing on-campus employment
  • If employment is off-campus or at Brown after you have completed your degree, you will need to submit other valid employment authorization.
J-1 Students 
  • Valid Passport
  • I-94 card or printout of I-94 admission record
  • Valid Form DS-2019
  • Proof of employment, such as a job offer letter or paystub
  • If employment is on-campus during your academic program, you will need to submit a letter from OISSS or your J-1 sponsor authorizing on-campus employment
  • If employment is off-campus or at Brown following the completion of your degree, you will need to present documentation of authorized Academic Training employment authorization.
J-1 Scholars*         
  • Valid Passport
  • I-94 card or printout of I-94 admission record
  • Valid Form DS-2019.
  • Brown University Appointment Letter

H-1B Scholars
  • Valid Passport
  • I-94 card or printout of admission record
  • I-797 Approval Notice
  • Brown University Appointment Letter

*According to the Social Security Administration J-1 short-term scholars that will have appointments for less than 1 month will not be eligible for a Social Security Number even if they will receive pay from Brown University.  Without a Social Security Number you will be subject to federal income tax withholding.

Where To Apply

Social Security Administration

Address:
6th Floor
One Empire Plaza
Providence, RI 02903
Directions from Brown University Campus

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Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed