The Social Security Number (SSN) is an identification number that allows scholars to receive compensation and apply for a drivers license. Bring the following documents to your nearest Social Security Administration Office to apply for an SSN:

  • Original Passport
  • Original DS-2019 Form
  • I-94 Admissions Record
  • SSN Support letter from DCISS*

*The SSN Support Letter is only required for the J-1 Student Degree and Student Non-Degree Categories. J-1 Research Scholar, Professor, Short-term Scholar, and Specialist categories do not require a support letter.

To request an SSN Support Letter from the Dashew Center, please fill out and submit the following form:

SSN Support Letter Request Form

SSN Instructions

Click here to locate your nearest Social Security Administration Office. J-1 visa holders must wait at least 10 days after their visa check-in to apply at the SSA.

SSA Policy on SSN for Noncitizens

J-2 Dependents are not eligible for an SSN unless they have obtained a work permit (EAD) through U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS).