In order to apply for a Social Security Number, F-1 and J-1 students must:

  • First secure a job on campus and have a letter of employment
  • Wait at least 10 working days after the initial entry in the U.S. (the date on the I-94 card)
  • Visit the Office of International Programs (OIP) to fill out the appropriate paperwork and to receive the permission to apply at the Social Security Administration.
  • Apply in person at the Social Security Administration once the paperwork is complete

The Social Security Administration requires the following items:

  • Passport
  • I-94 card (white card in passport)
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Letter of Employment
  • Documents prepared at OIP

The Social Security Administration is located at:

3205 North 27th Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59718

Phone: (406) 586-4501 or 1-800-772-1213

Note: The building is located behind the Target Store; by bus, take the blue line, it is the last stop.

The Social Security Administration requires the following items:

  • Passport
  • I-94 card (white card in passport)
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Letter of Employment
  • Documents prepared at OIP

Work can begin before your social security number (SSN) is assigned, however, it is important to apply for the number promptly.

The SSN is a very personal number that should be kept private and given only to reliable and safe offices:

  • employer
  • bank
  • insurance
  • doctor

Cell phone companies require a SSN. However, please be aware and cautious not to give it on the phone to someone you do not know or online to any company.

Keep your card in a safe place, do not carry it or any other document that shows your SSN.

Canadian citizens cannot use the Canadian "Social Insurance Number" as a U.S. Social Security Number. Applying for a SSN can only happen while in the U.S. following the above procedure.