Social Security InformationFrom the point you arrive to the U.S. until you depart you will frequently be asked for your Social Security Number (SSN) for the purposes of identification. You may be asked to present a SSN for opening a bank account, buying a car, or renting an apartment for example.
Even though the U.S. has come to rely on the SSN for most applications and other processes, you are not required to have a number to receive services mentioned above. Actually, as an international student you will not likely have a SSN. Your passport number is sufficient for identification purposes. Unfortunately, in many cases, front desk staff are not prepared or trained to ask for the passport number. In these situations, simply inform them that you don't have a SSN and offer your passport information for identification.
For UNCG purposes, your ID # (usually starting with the digits (88X-XX-XXXx) is for University purposes. This ID # is not useful to off-campus organizations or agencies and cannot be substituted for your SSN or passport number.
The only legal purpose of the SSN is related to U.S. federal employment benefits. For this reason, if you are offered employment, on or off-campus, you are REQUIRED to secure a social security number. Once you have a written job offer in hand, request a letter verifying your status as a UNCG student on an F-1 or J-1 visa from the International Programs Center.
To apply for a social security number you must appear at the Social Security Administration Office in person with:
- Your student visa, passport, I-94, and I-20 or DS-2019
- A written job offer
- A letter from the International Programs Center verifying your enrollment at UNCG and your eligibility to accept employment.
For directions and further information regarding the social security information, please visit Social Security Online.