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What is a Social Security Number (SSN)?

The SSN is used to track an employee’s wages for benefits eligibility and tax-reporting requirements. A Social Security Number is not required to obtain a driver's license, cell phone, credit card, insurance, admission to an academic institution or other "non-work" reasons.

Information for UWB Employers

UW Bothell Fiscal & Payroll Services has fantastic information to help you get started on what paperwork to complete and collect when hiring an international student (on a F-1 visa). Please visit and see the Foreign Nationals section. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When Can I Apply for a SSN?

As a student on an F-1 visa, you are only eligible to apply for an SSN after you have a paid on-campus job offer or off-campus practical training offer. If you have arrived to the U.S. on an Initial Attendance I-20 from UW Bothell, you must wait at least 10 days after your SEVIS registration is complete.

How Long Will It Take to get my SSN? 

You will receive your physical SSN card in the mail within 1 - 2 weeks after you have been to the SSA. If you only need to know your assigned number, you can visit the SSA to learn your SSN after 24 hours.

What do I do after I get my SSN and SSN Card?
After you get your SSN from the SSA, you should inform your employer. 

For on-campus employment, take the SSN card to the front desk in Husky Hall so that your SSN can be added to your student record.