Social Security Information

A Social Security Number (SSN) is for employment purposes only.  You can only apply for a social security number if you have a job and have been in the U.S. for 10 or more days.

The Social Security Administration will require that you prove your identity, age, immigration status, and eligibility to work. In addition, F-1 students must provide evidence of on-campus employment from the campus department and the international office.

The SSN is also used to track your credit and work history.  Many vendors will require a social security number to deliver services.  While you are waiting for your social security number, many vendors will allow you to substitute your student ID number until your social security number is obtained.  Never give your SSN to anyone other than a merchant who requires it or your bank.  This number should be kept confidential. It’s safer to memorize the number, rather than carry the card with you.  Not only is there a risk for it to be stolen, but also it is difficult to replace if it is lost.

 Following things are required for the SSN appointment:

  • Letter from the on-campus employer on letterhead paper including:
    • Identity of student employee
    • Job description
    • Anticipated or actual employment start date
    • Employer identification number (EIN)
    • Employer contact information, including the telephone number and the name of the F-1 student’s immediate supervisor
    • Original signature, signatory’s title, date
  • Letter from the Directorate of International Student Advising verifying student status, full-time enrollment, eligibility of employment, and employment.
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Passport
  • I-94


To obtain a SSN, you will have to drive or take a bus or taxi to the Social Security Office.

Social Security Office
120 Athens Way
Nashville, TN 37228

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