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When a noncitizen requests an SSN, we now verify the immigration documents before assigning a Social Security number. We receive immediate online verification from DHS in most cases. However, if verification is not available online, DHS will check the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to verify the status of international students. Successful verification is dependent on the school's registering or "activating" their students in SEVIS. Verifying student status utilizing SEVIS results in faster processing of SSN applications while still continuing to ensure only those noncitizens who meet the requirements for receiving SSNs get them.
Last Updated: May 20, 2013