Social Security Letter for F-1 Students

As an F-1 student, you must first secure employment before becoming eligible to obtain a Social Security Number.

Students who are unable to retrieve their documents from the IO may request they be shipped to them directly via eShipGlobal. If you would like your document shipped to you, or to an address of your choosing, please go to the following secure website: eShipGlobal (works best with Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox browsers). You will be required to create an account. Please be sure to note the document type under Shipment Information (Letter, EAD card, I-20 etc.). Shipping charges are incurred directly by the student.

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: