OBTAINING A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Woodbury University requires all nonimmigrant F-1 international students to obtain a Social Security number to
work on and off campus for paid positions. Social Security numbers are used to report your wages to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits. The local Social Security office will not assign you a number just to enroll in a college or school.
Woodbury’s International Student Advisor can tell you if you are eligible
to work on campus. Also, Woodbury may approve certain limited off-campus employment, as
permitted under Department of Homeland Security regulations. If you are authorized to work eithe
r on or off campus by Woodbury’s designated school official (DSO) and you meet Social Security’s eligibility requirements described in the next section, you can get a Social Security number.
1. IMMIGRATION STATUS
To prove your immigration status, you must show the current U.S immigration document I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) issued to you when you arrived in the United States. If you are an F-1student, you also must show your I-20(Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status).
2. WORK ELIGIBILITY
If you are an F-1 student and eligible to work on campus, you must provide a letter from Woodbury’s International Student Advisor that identifies the employer and the type of work you will be doing. Also, please show evidence of that employment, such as a letter from your employer. The International Student Advisor will provide you with a specific format for the letter. Your supervisor must sign and date the letter and include the following:
If you are an F-1 student authorized to work in Curricular Practical Training, you must provide your Form I-20 with the employment page (page 3) completed and signed by Woodbury’s International Student Advisor. If you are an F-1 student and are authorized to work off campus, you must provide us with the Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) you received in the mail.
You must present your birth certificate if you have it or can easily obtain it. If not, we can consider other documents such as your passport.
We can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information and preferably a recent photograph. Social Security will ask to see your current U.S. immigration documents. Acceptable immigration documents include your:
- Work permit card (EAD card)
All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency.
Photocopies or notarized copies of documents will NOT be accepted.
Receipts showing that you applied for the document will also NOT be accepted.
Students must provide at least two separate documents
Do I Need a Social Security Number Before I Start Working?
We do not require you to have a Social Security number before you start work. However, the Internal Revenue Service requires employers to report wages using a Social Security number. While you wait for your social Security number, your employer can use a letter from us stating that you applied for a number. Your employer may use your immigration documents as proof of your authorization to work in the United States. Employers can find more
How do I apply for a Social Security number?
2. Bring original documents proving the following information for you (read more detail listed above):
- IMMIGRATION STATUS (I-20 and I-94)
- WORK ELIGIBILITY (certificate letters from the university)
- AGE (passport and visa)
- IDENTITY (passport and visa)
3. Take your completed application and original documents to your local Social Security office:
1420 S. Olive Ave.,
Burbank, CA 91506
(For the deaf or hard of hearing, call TTY number 1 (800) 325-0778 )
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (except Wednesdays: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Automated phone service 24 hours a day
All calls are confidential and may be monitored for quality control.