SSN Status Verification Letter


Anyone who works in the United States, including nonimmigrants, is required to have a Social Security Number (SSN).  You will only need a social security number if you have a job.  When you are issued an SSN, you will be given a card with your social security number on it.  It is very important to keep your social security card in a safe place.  When you visit the Social Security Administration, be sure to plan ahead and arrive early.  If you plan to visit the Social Security Administration with friends who also need an SSN, be sure to arrive early enough so the staff have plenty of time to process all applications.

Huntington Social Security Administration

301 9th Street 3rd Floor

Huntington, WV 25701

Charleston Social Security Administration

500 Quarrier Street #300

Charleston, WV 25301


  • F-1 students must have a job offer before applying for an SSN
  • J-1 students must receive permission from an International Advisor in the Office of International Student Services before accepting any offers of employment
  • J-2 dependents should make an appointment with an International Advisor to discuss applying for an Employment Authorization Document card (EAD card) before accepting any offers of employment
  • F-2 dependents are not permitted to work and are therefore not eligible for an SSN

Required Documentation

  1. Status Verification Letter from the Office of International Student Services confirming identity and student status        Request an SSN Letter
  2. Employment Offer Letter from your employer with the following:
    • Must be on company letterhead
    • Supervisor name
    • Supervisor contact information
    • Signed and dated by the supervisor
    • Employment start date
    • Number of hours per week
    • Job title
    • Job description
    • Employer EIN
  3. Completed Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5)
  4. Current Form I-94
  5. Original documentation proving:
    • Work-authorized immigration status (i.e., EAD card or I-20)
    • Age (i.e., passport or EAD card)
    • Identity (i.e., passport or EAD card)


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