Social Security Number

Applying for a United States (U.S.) Social Security Number

A Social Security number (SSN) is a permanent nine-digit identification number/card issued by the United States government. It is used primarily for taxing income in order to provide retirement and medical benefits. For tax purposes, anyone receiving income must provide their US employer with a SSN.

F–1 Students must have a job offer and be currently working in order to apply for a SSN.

How to Apply for a U.S. SSN

Social Security Number (SSN) Checklist

To obtain a SSN, you must apply in person at the local Social Security Administration office. The closest office to Morris is 45 miles away in Alexandria, Minnesota. The International Student Program will schedule a trip to the Social Security office for international students at the beginning of each semester.

The name you put on your Social Security application needs to match the name you have on your I-20, your passport, your I-94 record, and your University of Minnesota Morris records.

Social Security Administration Office

Office Hours:

Monday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m..–4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.-noon
Thursday: 9 a.m..–4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m..–4 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Phone: 1-888-224-8869

You must show the following documents to complete an application.

  • Valid passport
  • Valid I-94 record
  • I-20
  • One other piece of identification: student ID card, driver’s license, etc.
  • proof of a job or a job offer (from the hiring department)
  • Letter verifying employment from an International Student Program Office

Important Note

Do not carry your SSN with you. Once you receive your card, memorize your number and keep your card in your home in a secure place. Provide your SSN only when it is absolutely required.