Social Security Number (SSN)

This form is used to help guide you in the process of applying for a social security number (SSN).  

On-campus Employment


If you do not have a SSN and your first employment is an on-campus job, please follow the steps below:

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Step 1: Before getting started, please confirm the following:

  • You must have an “active” SEVIS record. Make sure you have already checked in at least 5 days prior at the Office of International Programs and Services at the beginning of your first semester of study at Mason so that your SEVIS record can be activated.
  • Also you must have arrived in the United States no less than 5 business days prior to applying for a social security number to allow the SAVE database to accurately reflect your arrival.

Step 2: Go to the OIPS Self-Service Center and download the On-Campus Employment Certification form (OCEC)

  • Complete section 1

Step 3: Visit Your Hiring Department

  • Obtain your job offer letter and hiring documents.
  • Have your supervisor complete section 2 of the On-Campus Employment Certification form.

Step 4: Visit the Office of International Programs and Services

  • Bring your job offer letter and On-Campus Employment Certification form in order to have an OIPS advisor sign section 3.
  • If you are an INTO Mason student or China 1-2-1 student, you must also get a signature in section 4.
  • Mason J-1 visa holders: Obtain a letter of authorization to apply for a social security number.

Note: J-1 visa holders not sponsored by Mason: It is not necessary to visit OIPS, but you should confirm with your program sponsor that you have authorization to work on campus and apply for a social security number.

Step 5: Download an Enrollment Verification

  • The enrollment verification is usually available 7 days after you register for classes.
  • Go to Patriot Web, click the “Student Services” tab and go to “Student Records”.

Step 6: Download a copy of your I-94 from www.cbp.gov

Step 7: Complete the Social Security Application form (SS-5)

  • Download this form from the Security Administration’s website www.ssa.gov

Step 8: Visit the Social Security Administration office with the following items:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20/DS-2019
  • I-94
  • Job Offer Letter
  • On-Campus Employment Certification form
  • Enrollment Verification form

Step 9: After visiting the Social Security Administration:

Step 10: After your social security card arrives in the mail:

  • Visit the International Tax Office to update your I-9 and tax documents.

Academic Training (AT)


If you do not have a SSN and your first employment is Academic Training, please follow the steps below:

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Step 1: Before getting started, please confirm the following:

  • You must have an “active” SEVIS record. Make sure you have already checked in at least 5 days prior at the Office of International Programs and Services at the beginning of your first semester of study at Mason so that your SEVIS record can be activated.
  • Also you must have arrived in the United States no less than 5 business days prior to applying for a social security number to allow the SAVE database to accurately reflect your arrival.

Step 2: Visit your Employer's Hiring Department

  • Obtain your job offer letter and hiring documents.

Step 3: Download an Enrollment Verification

  • The enrollment verification is usually available 7 days after you register for classes.
  • Go to Patriot Web, click the “Student Services” tab and go to “Student Records”.

Step 4: Download a copy of your I-94 from www.cbp.gov

Step 5: Complete the Social Security Application form (SS-5)

  • Download this form from the Security Administration’s website www.ssa.gov

Step 6: Visit the Social Security Administration office with the following items:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • DS-2019 with AT endorsement
  • I-94
  • Job Offer Letter
  • Enrollment Verification form

Important: You should NOT visit the SSA until OIPS has approved your AT.

If your employer is Mason (e.g. teaching position), you will also need to complete step 7:

Step 7: Visit the International Tax Office

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)


If you do not have a SSN and your first employment is CPT, please follow the steps below:

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Step 1: Before getting started, please confirm the following:

  • You must have an “active” SEVIS record. Make sure you have already checked in at least 5 days prior at the Office of International Programs and Services at the beginning of your first semester of study at Mason so that your SEVIS record can be activated.
  • Also you must have arrived in the United States no less than 5 business days prior to applying for a social security number to allow the SAVE database to accurately reflect your arrival.

Step 2: Visit your employer's hiring department

  • Obtain your job offer letter and hiring documents.

Step 3: Download an Enrollment Verification

  • The enrollment verification is usually available 7 days after you register for classes.
  • Go to Patriot Web, click the “Student Services” tab and go to “Student Records”.

Step 4: Download a copy of your I-94 from www.cbp.gov

Step 5: Complete the Social Security Application form (SS-5)

  • Download this form from the Security Administration’s website www.ssa.gov

Step 6: Visit the Social Security Administration office with the following items:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • CPT I-20
  • I-94
  • Job Offer Letter
  • Enrollment Verification form

Important: You should NOT visit the SSA until OIPS has approved your CPT.

If your employer is Mason (e.g. teaching position), you will also need to complete step 7:

Step 7: Visit the International Tax Office

Optional Practical Training (OPT)


If you do not have a SSN and your first employment is OPT, please follow the steps below:

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Step 1: Before getting started, please confirm the following:

  • You must have an “active” SEVIS record. Make sure you have already checked in at least 5 days prior at the Office of International Programs and Services at the beginning of your first semester of study at Mason so that your SEVIS record can be activated.
  • Also you must have arrived in the United States no less than 5 business days prior to applying for a social security number to allow the SAVE database to accurately reflect your arrival.

Step 2: Visit your employer's hiring department

  • Obtain your job offer letter and hiring documents.

Step 3: Download a copy of your I-94 from www.cbp.gov

Step 4: Complete the Social Security Application form (SS-5)

  • Download this form from the Security Administration’s website www.ssa.gov

Step 5: Visit the Social Security Administration office with the following items:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • EAD card (you should not apply for a SSN until you have received your EAD card)
  • I-20
  • I-94
  • Job Offer Letter

If your employer is Mason (e.g. teaching position), you will also need to complete step 6:

Step 6: Visit the International Tax Office

  • After you have applied for a SSN, Please visit the International Tax Office in Merten Hall, room 4422 (walk-in hours, 9am-4pm) or in Founders Hall, room 222 (Monday, 11am-4:30pm, by scheduled appointment only; please email inttax@gmu.edu to schedule appointment) to complete your hiring paperwork and your I-9 form. (Bring Job offer letter; Receipt from Social Security office; Proof of your identity and work eligibility, e.g. passport, I-94, I-20 or DS-2019 forms). Click here for I-9 instructions.
  • After your social security card has arrived in the mail, please visit the International Tax Office again to update your I-9 and tax documents.

Important

International students need a job offer in order to apply for a SSN.  All documents submitted to the Social Security Administration office must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. They cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.

Do not carry your SSN card with you.  Keep it in a safe place with your other important papers.

Fairfax Social Security Administration Office

Suite 105
11212 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 1-800-772-1213

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The office is off Route 50, 1/2 mile east of Route 66 in Fair Oaks Corp Center.

 

Arlington Social Security Administration Office

Plaza 500 Suite 190

6295 Edsall Road

Alexandria, VA 22312

Phone: 1-800-772-1213

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