Social Security Number

International students are eligible for a Social Security Number only after they have been in the US for 10 days, and they have received one of the following:

  • On-campus job offer with offer letter
  • Received an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Received an I-20 authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Social security numbers will not be granted to international students solely on the basis of establishing records or receiving tax benefits.

Applying for a Social Security Number

  1. Receive job offer letter from hiring department
    • Offer letter must be on department letterhead, dated, signed, and referencing position and number of hours per week.
    • Hiring departments may view Example Job Offer Letter
  2. Submit NRA employment packet
    • Processing may take up to 5 business days
  3. Receive SSN Support Letter from International Student Advisor
    • When your letter is ready, an international student advisor will send you an email notification
  4. Visit the Social Security Administration with your SSN Support Letter and job offer letter from hiring department
  5. Once you receive your SS number or SSN card, visit the UALR Office of Human Resources to complete your hiring paperwork

If you are eligible for a SSN based on an EAD, a supporting letter from ISS is not necessary.