|Social Security & ITINs|
Social Security Numbers (SSN)
A Social Security Number (SSN) is needed to facilitate payment for scholarships and/or employment, and to file U.S. income taxes. Please refer to the following handout to determine your SSN eligibility and for instructions on how to obtain one:
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. Income Taxes. If you are from a country that allows you to claim a dependent(s) and your dependent does not currently have an SSN or is not eligible for an SSN, your dependent will also need to apply for an ITIN in order to be included in your U.S. Income Tax filing.
The IRS has recently changed their acceptance procedure regarding ITINs. Students may either submit their ITIN application via ISSS with a certified copy of their passport that has been certified by the issuing agency (home-country passport office or embassy) or have their original documents verified in-person at a Certified Acceptance Agency.
To Submit an ITIN Application In-person at an IRS Certified Acceptance Agency:
Please be prepared to wait in line as applicants are seen on a walk-in basis. If you have questions before your walk-in appointment, you may schedule an appointment with the tax advisor.
To Apply for an ITIN via ISSS with a Certified Copy of Your Passport:
Note: An Award Letter is only required if the ITIN application is based on receipt of a financial award. If the ITIN application is to claim a dependent, your dependent(s) must be present during the appointment.