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Getting a Social Security Number


A social security card allows you to receive wages from your employer. The Social Security Administration will only issue Social Security Cards to F-1/J-1 students that have a job offer. To apply for and receive a social security card you must bring the following original documents to the Social Security Administration:

  • Certificate of eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Valid Passport
  • I-94 Card
  • Completed Social Security Application click here
  • Letter from the Office of International Students & Scholars verifying your current immigration status
  • Proof/promise of employment (letter from employer, CPT authorization or original EAD card)

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


International Student Orientation

Date: Friday, September 4, 2015


Place: Multicultural Center

Undergraduate Students' Time:

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Graduate Students' Time:

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.



Reporting responsibilities of F-1 International Students while on (OPT)

FALL 2015 OPT workshop schedule: Available

Host Family Application Download in PDF format