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Social Security numbers (SSN) are used by employers to report wages to the federal and state governments for tax purposes. All persons working in the US are required to obtain a social security number from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Students in F-1 or J-1 immigration status will be eligible for a Social Security number if they are working on campus. Eligibility requirements for an SSN for non-citizens can be found on the Social Security Administration’s website.

Students and scholars who will be employed in the United States will apply for a social security number through the Social Security Administration. The Social Security number is printed on the front of the Social Security card issued by the agency.  The Social Security number is a private identification number.  Be very cautious to whom you give this number.  Do not give your number to telemarketers or solicitors.

The following documents are needed to apply for the social security number:

Immigration Status Required Documents
F-1 Student employed on-campus
F-1 Student on CPT
  • Application
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Most Recent Form I-94
  • Form I-20 authorizing CPT (cannot apply more than 30 days before CPT begins)
F-1 Student on OPT
  • Application
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Most Recent Form I-94
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Form I-20 recommending OPT
J-1 Student employed on-campus
  • Application
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Most Recent Form I-94
  • Form DS-2019
  • Original letter from ISSS (or other sponsor) authorizing employment
J-1 Students Academic Training (AT)
  • Application
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Most Recent Form I-94
  • Form DS-2019 with AT approved
  • Original letter from ISSS (or other sponsor) authorizing AT
J-1 Scholars
J-2 Dependents
  • Application
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Most Recent Form I-94
  • Form DS-2019
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
H-1B/O-1
TN

An application must be submitted in-person at the Social Security Administration (SSA).

In most cases, students and scholars will apply at the office located in Durham. Please find the contact information and hours of operation below.

Office Hours

Monday 9am-4pm
Tuesday 9am-4pm
Wednesday 9am-12pm
Thursday 9am-4pm
Friday 9am-4pm

The office is closed on Federal holidays.

*Please note: you must apply for the SSN in-person during the SSA’s hours of operations. Service is on a walk-in basis, first-come first-serve*

Address 3511 Shannon Road, Suite 200
Durham, NC 27707
Phone Number 1-888-759-3908

For individuals outside of North Carolina, please see the office locator tool.

After receiving your Social Security card in the mail, please follow these instructions for reporting your SSN:

  • Take the SSN Card to your employing department’s Human Resources Consultant so it can be entered into the LawLogix (I-9) and PeopleSoft systems for Payroll purposes.
  • Remember the Social Security number is a private identification number. Be very cautious to whom you give this number. Do not give your number to telemarketers or solicitors. Also, never send the number via email.