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Social Security Card Application Procedures:
Documents Needed to Apply

 

What documents should you submit for an Application for a Social Security Card?

You must present ALL of the following documentation:

  1. A completed Application for a Social Security Card. The application form is available at the ISSO, on-line at www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf , or at the Social Security Administration office

  2. Unexpired foreign passport with U.S. visa stamped inside

  3. Original Form I-94 Departure card (small white card stapled into passport)

  4. See the chart below for additional documents required or click here to download a full set of instructions and chart of necessary documents.




F-1 Students offered on-campus job or already working in an on-campus job.

May not apply more than 30 days prior to employment start date



F-1 Student Granted Curricular Practical Training employment Authorization

  • Form I-20 with CPT authorization on page three, and all previous I-20s

May not apply more than 30 days prior to start date of CPT authorization



F-1 Student Granted Optional Practical Training ( OPT ) employment authorization and issued an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

  • Current Form I-20 and all previous I-20s Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

Must apply on or after the “valid from” date on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD)



J-1 Student Non-BU Sponsored

  • Must consult with Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor to obtain documentation needed to apply.


No later than 15 days prior to the end date on the DS-2019, if eligible to apply.




J-1 Student Sponsored by BU Pursuing a full course of study

  •   Current Form DS-2019 and all previous DS-2019s

  •   Letter from ISSO certifying eligibility and enrollment

No later than 15 days prior to the end date on the DS-2019


J-1 Student Sponsored by BU Granted Academic Training (AT) employment authorization after completion of academic program

  •   Current Form DS-2019 and all previous DS-2019s
  •   Academic Training Letter from the ISSO


No later than 15 days prior to the end date on the DS-2019



J-1 Scholar Participating in an exchange program under any J-1 scholar category

  •   Current Form DS-2019 and all previous DS-2019s
  •   Appointment Letter from BU department, school or college

No later than 15 days prior to the end date on the DS-2019



J-2 Dependent Granted employment authorization and issued an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)


  •   Current Form DS-2019 and all previous DS-2019s
  •   Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

Must apply on or after the “valid from” date on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD)



H-1 Scholar Employed at Boston University


  •   Current I-797 Approval Notice and any previous I-797s
  •   Appointment Letter from BU department, school or college

No restrictions on timing of application.



O-1 Scholar Employed at Boston University

  •   Current I-797 Approval Notice and any previous I-797s
  •   Appointment Letter from BU department, school or college

No restrictions on timing of application.



TN Scholar Employed at Boston University

  • I-94 Arrival Departure Record indicating employment
    authorization for Boston University
  • Appointment Letter from BU department, school or college

No restrictions on timing of application.



Student or Scholar with EAD Employed at Boston University

  • I-94 Arrival Departure Record indicating employment
    authorization for Boston University

  • Appointment Letter from BU department, school or college

Must apply on or after the “valid from” date on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

ISSO
Boston University
February 28, 2005

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office