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Social Security Number

Your nine-digit Social Security number remains your first and continuous link with Social Security. It helps the U.S. accurately record your covered wages.  If you already have a Social Security Number, you will not need to apply for another as this number is assigned for life.

You need a Social Security number to get a job. F-1 students are only eligible for Social Security Number if they have a job offer and if they are allowed to work  On-Campus or through CPT or OPT. Do not carry your card with you. Keep it in a safe place with your other important papers.

To apply for a Social Security Card, you need the following documents:

  • Letter from employer confirming the job offer (off-campus)

  • Letter of support from the International Student Center

  • Most recent I-20

  • Passport

  • I-94

  • SJCC Student ID card

  • Social Security Card Application


List of Social Security Offices:

San Jose Social Security Administration Office
Robert F. Peckham Federal Building, 280 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(800) 772-1213


Social Security Administration Office
2500 Fontaine Rd
San Jose, CA 95121
(800) 772-1213


Social Security Office
701 N Shoreline Blvd
 Mountain View, CA 94043

(800) 772-1213

U.S. Social Security Administration
770 W Hamilton Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
(800) 772-1213


US Social Security Administration
6140 Cottle Rd
San Jose, CA 95123
(800) 772-1213


Social Security Administration must verify your documents with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before your number is assigned. This process can take up to 3 weeks. 

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