Social Security Number
For international students who have never had a Social Security Number Before follow the steps below. If you need a replacement card, please go to this link.
Why you need a SSN: To get paid by the University or by your employer. You may only obtain a SSN if you have a paid job.
PROCESS for obtaining a new SSN:
Step 1: Print your offer of employment. This could a work contract, hire form, offer letter, or offer email.
Step 2: Submit your online request for a SSN letter at this link.
Step 3: ISS will process your request and if approved, you may pick up SSN letter from ISS after 2:30 PM, the following business day.
Step 4: Fill out application for SSN (provided by ISS or you may type it here).
Step 5: Take documents to Social Security Office:
o Work contract/Hire form
o Social Security Letter
o Application for SSN – completed
o Form I-20
o Form I-94 (can be printed from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94)
Step 6: If your appointment is successful, you will receive a letter from the office that you should scan and email to the payroll office showing that you have completed the application process.
Step 7: If your application is accepted, the Bureau of Social Security will send your Social Security card will to ISS.
Step 8: ISS will contact you by BGSU e-mail to pick up card. Remember to bring photographic identification to pick up card.