Social Security Number

Social Security Number

All Exchange Visitors in the professor, research scholar and short-term scholar categories are eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN).   

  • Invitation letter from TIBI  
  • Passport with J-1 visa  
  • TIBI DS-2019  
  • Most Recent I-94 Admissions Record
  • SSN Application Form SS-5 
    On item #5, select “legal alien allowed to work.”  
    On items #9b/10b, leave blank if not applicable. 

The nearest SS office is at:  11500 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90064.  Direct number: (866) 964-4779. For other locations, National Center: 1-800-772-1213. 

  • All original documents/application are submitted in person.  During the COVID pandemic, an in-person appointment should be scheduled in advance by phone.   
  • The appointment date should be at least 10 days after your U.S. entry and AFTER your status is validated on SEVIS. 
  • The SS Office will check your visa status on SAVE program.   
  • Please ask for a receipt of your SSN application, and submit it to TIBI HR. 
  • The SS Office will mail you your SS card usually within 14 days. Please contact TIBI HR when you receive it. 

Other Visa Statuses  

J-2 Dependent H-1B TN
  • Passport
  • Visa Stamp
  • I-94 Document
  • DS-2019
  • EAD Card*
  • Passport
  • Visa Stamp
  • I-94 Document
  • H1-B Approval Notice
  • Passport
  • Visa Stamp (Mexican Nationals Only)
  • I-94 Document
  • Job Offer Letter
  • If applicable: TN Approval Notice

*SSN application is included in the EAD Card application (I-765). Ask the RO if you have questions.

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