Social Security Number (SSN)
- Social Security Letter Form
- Directions to the SSA Office
- Problems with your SSN application?
- SSN Application
- SAVE Program
A Social Security Number (SSN) is for employment purposes only. You can only apply for a social security number if you have a job and have been in the U.S. for 10 or more days.
The SSN is also used to track your credit and work history. Many vendors will require a social security number to deliver services. While you are waiting for your social security number, many vendors will allow you to substitute your student ID number until your social security number is obtained. Never give your SSN to anyone other than a merchant who requires it or your bank. This number should be kept confidential. It’s safer to memorize the number, rather than carry the card with you. Not only is there a risk for it to be stolen, but also it is difficult to replace if it is lost.
DO I NEED A SSN?
WHERE TO APPLY FOR A SSN?
HOW TO APPLY FOR A SSN?
You will need to take with you the following documents:
- Valid passport
- Valid I-94
- All original I-20s (For F-1 Students only)
- All original DS-2019s (For J-1 Visa Only)
- Letter of Employment (Appointment Letter)
Social Security Letter (For Students Only)
- Peabody students applying for a Teaching License should take a copy of the Teaching License application as proof of need for an SSN
TIPS FOR COMPLETING SSN APPLICATION
|#5||Citizenship – check “Legal Alien Allowed to Work”.|
|#9||A. Mother’s Maiden Name – Please put the name your mother had before marriage (if it was different).
B. Mother’s Social Security Number – If your mother ever lived in the U.S. and had a Social Security Number, put it here. If not, leave this blank.
|#10||A. Father’s Name – Please put your father’s name.
B. Father’s Social Security Number – If your father ever lived in the U.S. and had a Social Security Number, put it here. If not, leave this blank.
|#16||Mailing Address = Your Residence in Nashville
ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR SSN CARD
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBILE FOR A SSN?