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 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).
- Original passport
- Form I-94 printed from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94
- Original I-20 form (for F-1 visa holders only)
- Original DS-2019 form (for J-1 visa holders only)
- Original H-1B petition approval notice (for H-1B visa holders only)
- For F-1 or J-1 visa holders: Proof of employment or employment eligibility (see below for details)
|F-1 students||With on-campus employment:
Social Security Letter for U-M F-1 Students
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 . Then bring it to the International Center for authorization.
|J-1 students||Social Security Letter for U-M J-1 Students 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, Form I-94, and one document from Proof of Michigan Address. 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.