Social Security

New! OIS has arranged special appointments with the Raleigh Social Security office throughout the month of September to assist new students and any one else needing to apply for a SSN. Note that F-1 and J-1 students must have employment to be eligible for a SSN. Please see this email for more information as well as the appointment registration form.

Update! Effective August 1, 2022, the Raleigh Social Security Administration office will be located at 3315 Poole Road, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27610.

Social Security

A Social Security number (SSN) is a number issued by the U.S. Federal government for tax purposes. All students and scholars who are currently employed are required to apply for an SSN. Students in F-1 or J-1 status who are not currently employed are not eligible to apply for an SSN. F-2 dependents are not eligible for an SSN; J-2 dependents are only eligible if they’ve applied for and received work authorization from USCIS. The SSN is NOT required to obtain an NC State driver’s license or to open a bank account with some financial institutions.

Please note:

New international students/scholars must first attend a scheduled check-in with OIS before applying for an SSN so OIS can activate/validate the SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 record. After check-in OIS recommends the student or scholar to wait at least five days before applying for the SSN. OIS also recommends that new students/scholars wait 10 days after arrival to the U.S. before applying since the Social Security Administration must confirm the port-of-entry details posted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the port of entry (there is a delay of up to 10 days for that interface to occur).

Additional Application Document Requirements By Visa Type