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Applying for a Social Security Number and Card

If you are eligible to apply for a Social Security number, you will need to apply through the Social Security Administration office located at 3971 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Enter an Ann Arbor zip code (such as 48109) on the Social Security website https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp for office hours, directions and a map to the office. To get to the Social Security office by public bus (AATA), take Bus #6 (free with M-Card) to the Stop 513. (W Ellsworth Road at S Research Park Drive). The AATA web site describes the stop.

You will need to bring the following documents:

  • Complete and print Application for a Social Security Card form (SS-5).
  • Passport
  • Two copies of the admission stamp in your passport showing your status and duration of stay or two copies of your Form I-94 printed from www.cbp.gov/I94
  • I-20 form (and two copies with legible entry stamps) (for F-1 visa holders only)
  • DS-2019 form (and two copies with legible entry stamps) (for J-1 visa holders only)
  • H-1B petition approval notice (and two copies) (for H-1B visa holders only)
  • Proof of employment eligibility (for F-1 and J-1 visa holders only)
F-1 students With on-campus employment:
Social Security Letter for U-M F-1 Students pdf icon

Curricular Practical Training (C.P.T.): I-20 with C.P.T. endorsement on the third page

Optional Practical Training (O.P.T.): U.S.C.I.S. Employment Authorization Document (E.A.D.) card

J-1 scholar If you have not attended Mandatory Check-in: Please wait until your scheduled check-in session and do not submit the letter now. The International Center cannot issue a Social Security letter until you have checked in.

If you have attended Mandatory Check-in: Please check your records to make sure you do not have this letter already. The letter was given to you at the end of the check-in session with your insurance documents. If you lost the letter, fill-in and print the online form Social Security Letter for U-M J-1 Scholars pdf icon. Then bring it to the International Center for authorization.
J-1 students Social Security Letter for U-M J-1 Students pdf icon authorized by the U-M International Center.
J-2 dependents with employment authorization U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) Employment Authorization Document (E.A.D.) card

You will receive a Social Security card in the mail approximately one to two weeks after applying for it. If you have questions while waiting to receive your Social Security number, contact the Social Security Administration directly at 800.772.1213.

F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders: Once you receive your Social Security number, you must notify your employer and the Office of the Registrar that you received this number. Your employer and the Office of the Registrar will need to see the actual Social Security card. The Office of the Registrar is located at 1210 LSA Building, 500 State St. (Central Campus) or 1212 Pierpont Commons (North Campus).


LETTER OF INELIGIBILITY

If you are not eligible for a social security number, you can request a “letter of ineligibility” from the Ann Arbor Social Security Office. You need to present your original I-20/DS-2019, passport, and I-94 card. You will receive the letter right away. You are required to have the letter of ineligibility in order to take the driver's license written test.

If you have questions about whether or not you are eligible for a Social Security number, please read Determining Eligibility for a Social Security Number and Card.

Last reviewed: 05/13

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