For a list of scheduled employment and immigration workshops, click here.

What is a Social Security Number?

A Social Security Number (SSN) is a unique number issued by the U.S. government.

Who needs an SSN?

Anyone who earns income in the U.S.

Who is Eligible for an SSN?

You are eligible for an SSN if you have a job offer

*International students CANNOT apply for their SSN more than 30 days before their employment start date

How can I Apply for an SSN?

For on-campus employment:

  • Get a job offer letter on RISD letterhead* from your supervisor

       *We cannot accept the letter if it is not on RISD letterhead

  • Complete a Social Security Letter Request Form and submit it to OISS with a copy of your job offer letter (allow 3-5 business days)

  • Take your job offer letter and OISS letter together with your passport, I-20 and I-94 record to a local Social Security Office to submit an application

  • Get a receipt from Social Security representative

  • When you receive your SSN, go to the Work Sudy Office in ProvWash, 1st Floor, to complete the employment forms

Graduates with Assistantships:

  • Complete a Social Security Letter Request Form and submit it to OISS  (allow 3-5 business days)

  • Pick up your OISS letter and Assistantship letter at OISS

  • Take the letters together with your passport, I-20 and I-94 record to a local Social Security Office to submit an application

  • Get a receipt from Social Security representative

  • When you receive your SSN, go to the Work Sudy Office in ProvWash, 1st Floor, to complete the employment forms

For off-campus employment:

  • Get a job offer letter from your employer

  • Apply for CPT or OPT work authorization through OISS

  • Take the job offer letter together with your passport, I-20 and I-94 record to a local Social Security Office to submit an application

  • Get a receipt from Social Security representative

You should receive your SSN card within 2 to 4 weeks after you apply

Contact Us:

(Tel) 401.277.4957

(Fax) 401.454.6605

Email Inquiries:

oiss@risd.edu

Location:

210 Benefit Street, Room 304

Providence, RI 02903

Mailing Address:

RISD OISS

2 College Street

Providence, RI 02903

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