Social Security Number International Education Furman

A social security number is a nine-digit identification number used by the United States Government for employment and taxing purposes. You will only need to receive a social security number if you have been offered a paid, on-campus position. Until you receive this number, Furman will not be able to process any payments to you. 

You must appear in person at a Social Security Administration Building to apply for this number. You will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Passport with unexpired visa
  • I-94 card
  • Original I-20 or DS-2019
  • Application for a Social Security Card 
  • Letter from Student Employment stating that you have been offered an on-campus, paid position. You must request this letter from Student Employment at least one week prior to your trip to the Social Security Administration Building.
  • A letter from the Student Activities office verifying your enrollment and visa status at Furman. Letters should be requested 1 week in advance of your trip to the Social Security Office. Submit a request for a letter.

At the beginning of each semester, our office will offer a few planned trips to the Social Security Administration Building. You should block off at least two hours to participate in one of these trips.

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