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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.

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)/DS-2019 (J-1 visa holders)

Note: If the ITIN application is to claim a dependent, your dependent(s) must be present during the appointment. ITIN applications can only be facilitated for F, J, or M visa holders.