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Social Security Number

In the United States, a Social Security Number (SSN) is a 9-digit number issued to citizens, permanent residents and temporary (working) non-residents by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Its primary purpose is to track individuals for taxation purposes; it is not intended to be used for identification purposes.
Per current legislation, SSNs can only be issued to someone who:

1. Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or
2. Has a valid job offer in the university and/or is eligible for legal employment
Currently, SSNs are only issued to non-residents who have an employment offer. Dependents with F-2 status are not eligible for a SSN because they are not permitted to work. However, J-2 dependents are eligible to apply for a SSN. Students do not need a SSN to register for classes at Atlantis University, get a driver’s license in Florida or open a bank account. However, landlords and utility, cable and cell phone companies may request a SSN to do a credit history check to determine the amount of deposit they will require to secure housing or to activate services. Students without a SSN may be required to pay a higher deposit payment prior to receiving service. The SSA provides more information on SSNs for international students. Students and scholars who are not eligible for a SSN may be eligible for a Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to use for filing taxes during tax season reporting.

Students do not need a SSN to register for classes at Atlantis University, get a driver’s license in Florida or open a bank account. However, landlords and utility, cable and cell phone companies may request a SSN to do a credit history check to determine the amount of deposit they will require to secure housing or to activate services. Students without a SSN may be required to pay a higher deposit payment prior to receiving service.

The SSA provides more information on SSNs for international students.

Students and scholars who are not eligible for a SSN may be eligible for a Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to use for filing taxes during tax season reporting.

Current Students and Scholars


Students and scholars must wait at least 10 days after their initial entry into the U.S to begin the SSN application process. The SSA must receive its database update from the ports of entry before the application can be accepted. Additionally, applications cannot begin more than 30 days before the employment start date.

A Social Security number and card will be issued within about two weeks of receiving certification from DHS. In most cases, the SSA can quickly verify the documents online.

Students and scholars are able to begin paid employment while their SSN application is pending by providing the SSN application receipt to their employer.  The SSA website addresses this here.

F-1 Students on OPT

F-1 students on OPT are able to apply for a SSN by taking the following original documents to SSA:

  1. Passport
  2. A printout of the I-94 Arrival/Departure record
  3. OPT I-20
  4. EAD card
Students must wait until their EAD card start date to apply for the SSN. A SSN letter from OIS is not required for students on OPT.

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