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Social Security & ITINs

Social Security Numbers (SSN)

A Social Security Number (SSN) is needed to facilitate payment for scholarships, employment in the U.S., and to file a U.S. tax return. Please refer to the following handout to determine your SSN eligibility and for instructions on how to obtain one:

Social Security Information for F-1, J-1 & H-1B visa holders

Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN)

If you do not currently have a Social Security Number (SSN) and are not currently eligible for an SSN (i.e. you do not have employment), you will need to apply for an ITIN in order to facilitate payment for scholarships and/or to file your U.S. tax return. If you are from a country that allows you to claim dependents (Canada, Mexico, South Korea or India) or you are a resident alien for tax purposes and your dependent does not currently have an SSN and is not eligible for an SSN, then your dependent will also need to apply for an ITIN to be claimed on your tax return. Please note that due to a recent update to the IRS processing manual, the International Office will no longer be able to facilitate ITIN appointments for spouses or dependents. 

Note: The International Office should be able to assist with dependent ITIN applications. However, there has been difficulty specifically with dependent ITIN applications in the past, so we are unable to guarantee the application's success. Please contact the tax advisor at to see what your options may be available if your dependent's ITIN is rejected.

To Apply for an ITIN via ISSS:

  1. Schedule an appointment to meet with the tax advisor
  2. Bring the following documents to your appointment
    • Passport
    • Your most recent U.S. entry visa
    • I-20 (F-1 visa holders) or DS-2019 (J-1 visa holders)\