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Social Security


Only F-1 and J-1 and J-2 with an offer of employment are eligible to receive a Social Security Card. The Social Security Administration must verify their documents and status with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the University of Rhode Island Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) before issuing a SSN card. A card can be issued within ten to thirty days.

To obtain a social security card, applicants must bring original documents (see list below) to a Social Security Administration Office in Rhode Island.

  • Social Security Application Form
  • Offer of employment letter or assistantship letter
  • Verification of enrollment letter from the OISS
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94
  • I-20 (if an F VISA) or DS-2019 (if a J VISA)

University of Rhode Island • Office of International Students & Scholars • International Center • 37 Lower College Road; Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881


International Student Orientation
Date: September 6, 2010

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM:

           Graduate Students

          12:00 NOON to 2:00 PM:

          Undergraduate Students

Place: Multi-Cultural Center

March 18, 2010
Reporting responsibilities of F-1 International Students while on (OPT)

February 1, 2010
Spring 2010 OPT workshop schedules are announced.

Spring 2010
Host Family Application Download in PDF format