SSN Application Procedures Updated by SSA
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced the release of the Online Social Security Number Application, the first step in applying for a Social Security Number (SSN).
Individuals (including students and scholars) may begin the process online to apply for a new or replacement Social Security card. After the application is submitted online, the student/scholar must visit their local Social Security Administration Office in-person with their supporting documentation within 45 calendar days. All acceptable documents must be original or copies certified by the issuing agency, unexpired and must show name, date of birth or age.
After the SSA verifies all documents submitted in person to their office and complete their request, individuals will receive their SSN card in the mail within 14 business days.
Students should be sure to review the full SSN application process, including obtaining any required letter from the ISO, on the ISO SSN webpage (https://iso.mit.edu/employment/social-security-number-ssn/).