Social Security Information

Students must be in the United States 10 working days before applying for a Social Security number.

The Padnos International Center (PIC) will provide you with the SSN Application Packet. This packet is created for you once you submit your immigration documents as a newly arrived student or upon request. You will be notified by email when your packet is ready to be collected from PIC (130 Lake Ontario Hall). 

Please review the Guide below for the steps you should take. This guide is included in your SSN Application Packet. 

Request SSN Application Packet

3 Steps to Obtaining Your SSN


STEP 1: Social Security Application 

  • The application should be filled out in blue ink and must be printed legibly.
    We recommend using our office's mailing address: c/o Kate Stoetzner, 1 Campus Drive, 130 LOH, Allendale, MI, 49401
  • Question 5: Check Legal Citizen Allowed to Work


STEP 2: Collect Required Documents

  • Bring these documents with you: passport, visa, DS-2019 or I-20, PIC Letter, Job Offer Letter
  • Make copies of these document to bring with you: passport, visa, DS-2019 or I-20, printed I-94, completed application


STEP 3: Submit your SSN Application

**NOTE: During COVID times, you need to call the office in advance to make an appointment**

Click to download the PDF version of this SSN Application Guide. 

Page last modified December 17, 2021