Social Security For J-1 Students

As a J-1 student, you do not need to have a job in order to apply for a Social Security Number.  However, you do need a letter from the International Office for your Social Security Number application.

Students who are unable to retrieve their documents from the IO may complete the Document Mailing Request Form and either mail, fax or scan/email to the appropriate IO advisor.  Either your student account or a credit card may be used to pay the domestic or international shipping fee.

Documents requested here are created twice per week.

  • If you submit your request before 9am Monday, your letter will be ready for pick up anytime after 3pm Monday (Evanston IO)
  • If you submit your request before 9am Thursday, your letter will be ready for pick up any time after 3pm Thursday (Evanston IO)
  • You will NOT receive e-mail notification that your letter is ready.
  • *If you are located on the Chicago campus, you must submit your request before 9am Monday, in order to pick it up on Wednesdays during walk-in hours. 

To request this letter, please fill out the following information: