SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS
Your social security number is a nine-digit number for identity-tracking purposes. DO NOT share your social security number with anyone!
Check with your employer or your job description for detailed instructions on applying for your social security card. Some employers may make arrangements for you, others prefer that you travel to Portage independently which means you will need to arrange transportation with a local taxi company. Some employers will assist you in filling out your application ahead of time.
Students must wait 10 days after arriving to the U.S. and completing their check-in with their sponsor before applying for their social security number to ensure expedient processing.
HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
APPLYING FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
Your passport with J-1 visa
DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status
NEXT STEPS AFTER APPLYING FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
The Social Security Administration (SSA) office will give you a receipt of application. Give a copy of this letter to your employer.
Students can begin working for their employer immediately after arriving in the U.S. before they receive the social security number and/or card. The DS-2019 form gives students the authorization to work in the U.S. under the J-1 visa regulations.
Having a social security number is for employers’ tax filings. It is illegal for an employer to withhold your wages because you don’t have your social security card yet. You must be paid for the time you work regardless of whether or not you have been assigned a social security number.
If, for some reason, you receive your number after you are no longer working for your employer, it is important that you provide this number to your former employer.
Employers may require you to apply or have your card before they start you working; be sure you know what your employer requires.