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Social Security Number For International Students

A Social Security Number is an identification number issued by the United States Government for tax purposes, and is often used for identification.

We know that many students want a Social Security Number because the numbers are commonly used in the U.S. However, the current rule states that F-1 students may not apply for a Social Security Number without a valid reason, and we are sorry about the inconvenience. Should you experience any difficulties without a Social Security Number, please let us know and we will try to assist you in the best way possible.

If you have been authorized to work by USCIS or you receive a written job offer for a part-time position on-campus, then you can apply for and receive a Social Security Number. If you get permission to work, you will need a Social Security number for your employer.

To apply for a Social Security Number, students must first obtain a letter from the International Admissions Coordinator, and then go in person to the local Social Security Administration Office at:

Address: 1463 Tobias Gadson Blvd Charleston, SC 29407 Phone Number: (843) 573-3600 Toll-Free Number: 1-800-772-1213 Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The office is located near the intersection of Hwy 61 and Paul Cantrell Blvd. From I-526 take the Ashley River Road (South) Exit. At the first light turn left onto Tobias Gadson Blvd. The Office is the second building on the left.

For more information, please review the information on the Social Security Administration website.