Social Security Number Information

Here, visiting scholars can find information about the necessity and availability of social security numbers here in the US. This page provides a brief overview, but more information can be found on this document, at the official website, or by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

The Necessity of a SSN

  • Unless you’re a non-citizen who explicitly wants to work in the USA, its unlikely that you’d need a social security number. Although some companies may ask for a Social Security number, you generally aren’t required to give them one if you are a non-citizen.
  • There are many benefits that non-citizens can receive without a Social Security number: such as driver’s licenses, health insurance, school registration, or subsidized housing.

The Availability of a SSN

  • For Kierkegaard Scholars, the only way to get a Social Security card is to appear in a Social Security office in the US.
  • You will also need a completed Application For A Social Security Number (Form SS-5, available on their website), two original documents proving your age, status, and identity.
  • J-1 scholars will need to provide a DS-2019 form, the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status and a letter from the library (your sponsor) authorizing your employment.
  • F-1 scholars will need to provide an I-20 form, the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status