International Students and Scholars Office

Social Security Numbers

A Social Security Number (SSN) is issued to track earnings over a worker’s lifetime. Students holding F-1 and J-1 status who are employed in the U.S. must apply for a Social Security number. Dependents in F-2 status are not eligible for a Social Security number.

How to Apply

  1. Upload the job offer letter
  2. ISSO will process a letter for you to take to the Social Security office. Allow 10 business days for processing. 
  3. Take the following documents to a Social Security Administration Office:
    1. Passport
    2. I-20 (F-1 visa holders) or DS-2019 (J-1 visa holders)
    3. I-94
    4. The letter issued by ISSO
The Social Security Administration Office nearest to CPP is located at:
960 W. Mission Blvd, Pomona, CA 91766
Telephone: (800) 772-1213

  1. Complete the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) application process
  2. ISSO will process a letter for you to take to the Social Security office. Allow 10 business days for processing. 
  3. Bring the following documents to a Social Security Administration Office:
    1. Passport
    2. I-20 (F-1 visa holders) or DS-2019 (J-1 visa holders)
    3. I-94
    4. The letter issued by ISSO
The Social Security Administration Office nearest to CPP is located at:
960 W. Mission Blvd, Pomona, CA 91766
Telephone: (800) 772-1213

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is no charge for a Social Security number and card.

The Social Security Administration will mail your number and card as soon as all of your immigration information has been verified. It can take 2-4 weeks or more.

You can replace your card for free if it is lost or stolen. However, you are limited to three replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime. Legal name changes and other exceptions do not count toward these limits. For example, changes in nonimmigrant status that require card updates may not count toward these limits.

To request a replacement card:

  1. Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5)
  2. Present recently issued photo identification to show your identity (passport, California state identification card)
  3. Show evidence of your current lawful nonimmigrant status (visa, I-20/ DS-2019, I-94)
  4. Complete a new Social Security Verification form (if you are employed on campus)
Your replacement card will have the same name and number as your previous card.

If your immigration status changes or you become a legal permanent resident (LPR), you should inform the Social Security Administration office so that your records can be updated. You will need to present documents that prove your new status.

Please see "U.S. Taxes" for more information.
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