Social Security Information

Changes in Social Security Administration

THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS ARE CIRCULATED BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REGARDING THE RULE STATING ALL F-1 STUDENTS MUST HAVE OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT PRIOR TO SECURING A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.

Dear Colleague:
I want to inform you of changes the Social Security Administration (SSA) is making in assigning Social Security numbers and replacing Social Security cards, specifically for F-1 foreign students. Also, I would like to ask your help in providing the necessary documentation to foreign students, and in referring to the SSA only those students who have, or have been offered, jobs on campus or who are authorized for certain off-campus employment, as permitted under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations.
The integrity of Social Security numbers is of great importance. Concerns about national security, along with the growing problem of identity theft, have caused us to accelerate efforts to protect the integrity of the Social Security number (SSN).

Changes That Affect F-1 Foreign Students

  • SSA is verifying documents from all F-1 students, and
  • F-1 students seeking SSNs for on-campus work are required to provide documentation that they have (or have been offered) an on-campus job, and to provide verification of that employment.

Last Updated: May 16, 2013