The Social Security number is a string of 9-digits that the US government uses to record an employee's wages. A student is eligible to apply for a Social Security card after receiving an offer of employment. The process for applying for a Social Security card follows:
- The student asks their supervisor to email the Office for International Students to confirm the student's job title, start date of employment, and whether the position is full (more than 20 hours per week) or part time (less than 20 hours per week).
- The student reports to the Office for International Students to complete the one-page application form for a Social Security number, and the Foreign National Information form (if applicable).
- The student brings the completed application form, a letter of support from the Office for International Students, the passport with US visa, and the Form I-20 to the Social Security Administration Office on Pearl Street in Burlington.
Social Security cards are generally received within two weeks of submitting a completed application.