The social security number is used for employment purposes in the United States in order to report wages to the government. The Social Security Administration will only issue a social security number for employment purposes only. Since students in J status must always receive work authorization, please visit an ISFO Advisor before applying for a social security number or accepting a job.
Also, If you have problems in establishing a bank account, renting an apartment, opening a cell phone account because you do not have a social security number, please see an ISFO Advisor.
Applying for a Social Security Number
1. You need to obtain a letter from your employer. The sample letter (which needs to be on a letterhead) is as follows: click here to see example.
Bring this letter to our office, Williston Hall room 406 (815)753-1346 and express your interest in applying for a social security number. The office support associate, Dawn, will then check your file and status to see if you are qualified for applying for a social security number. Your employment letter will need to be co-signed by an immigration advisor. This will take about 2-3 business days since many students request it. You are welcome to stop by the office any time in the afternoon after 2-3 business days to see if the letter is ready. At this time, Dawn will also give you a Social Security instruction sheet.
2. You will need to gather the following paperwork ready:
Once you have your paperwork ready, you will need to turn your application in to the nearest social security office. DeKalb does not have a social security office, and we advise all students to go to the Elgin Social Security Office.
Elgin Office Information:Address: 790 Fletcher Drive, Elgin IL 60123
When you visit the office, you have to bring in the originals of the above-mentioned documents, but you do not submit them. The social security representative will want to see the originals, but then keep copies for their records. You should make copies of your documents in advance because the center does not have a copy machine available for use.
If you have any questions regarding filling out your social security application, the representative at the center can answer them.
Once You Have Your Social Security Number
The processing for a social security card takes anywhere from two weeks to a month. Since the application for SSN is now on our website under the forms section, the social security cards will now be mailed to your personal mailing address.
Once you receive your Social Security Number, you will have to contact the following departments and given them your new social security number:
PLEASE REMEMBER, you will also need to report your new social security number to:
Since Registration and Records updates social security numbers only a few times a month, you cannot use your new number on-campus right away. However, you can use the social security number right after you receive it for any off-campus matters.