Applying for a Social Security Number
Due to COVID, you will need to call the Social Security Administration to make an appointment prior to visiting their office. The Columbia, SC office phone number is 1-866-964-7594. The Social Security Administration website states that their office is closed to the public. However, nonimmigrant students are still encouraged to go in person to apply.
In order to apply for a SSN, you will need to visit the Social Security Administration with the documents that pertain to your situation, listed below:
- A completed Social Security Application
- An employment offer letter from USC STAMPED and SIGNED by an international student advisor. (This letter is obtained from your hiring department, but must be stamped by ISS.)
- If you are a J-1 Student with a DS-2019 from an organization other than USC: A letter from your sponsor
- I-20 or DS-2019