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Updated as of March 5, 2021

A Social Security Number (SSN) is:

  • a unique 9-digit U.S. government-issued number used for taxpayer identification, income reporting and record-keeping purposes
  • required before you may begin employment
  • valid for a lifetime - keep your SS card in a safe place

Application Procedure

  1. Obtain a written Department Verification Form from your employer.
  2. Fill out an E-form. Go to "F-1 Student Services," and click on "Letter of Certification." Follow the instructions provided.

Within 3-5 business days, you will receive an email notification that your Letter of Certification is ready to be picked up in our office.

Once you have received your letter:

  1. Call the Social Security Office to set up an appointment.
    88 West 100 North
    Provo, Utah
    84601
    Phone: 866-366-9549
    Office Hours: 9am - 4pm, Monday through Friday
  2. Bring the following to the Social Security Office:
    • Letter of Certification
    • Department Verification Letter
    • Passport
    • Visa
    • Form I-20
    • Form I-94 (Link to get I-94)
  3. Complete a Social Security application (available at their office).
  4. You will be given a receipt that will act as a temporary Social Security card until your permanent card arrives. This can be used to fill out your Form I-9 and begin working until the SSN card arrives in the mail.
  5. Take your Social Security card/receipt, I-94, I-20, and passport to Student Employment and fill out a Form I-9.

Note: Keep your Social Security card safe. Be aware that some people will try to find out this number and use it for illegal purposes. If you lose your Social Security card or need to change your name, complete the steps above. A name change requires legal documentation supporting the change.

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    H-1B Specialty Worker

    Our office is not able to provide official advice regarding H1-B visas and applications, but we can point you towards helpful resources! We strongly recommend talking to an immigration attorney if you have specific questions.

    Helpful Resources:

    • H1-B Presentation by Kim Buhler-Thomas, an immigration attorney (Based on information as of March 16, 2021)
      • To view, please click on the link
      • Please keep in mind that the information in her presentation is subject to change as changes in government policy occur. Please look into updates, changes, or consult with an immigration attorney.
      • USCIS Information
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    Family-based Green Card (i.e. Married a U.S. Citizen)

    Our office is not able to provide official advice regarding green card applications, but we can point you towards helpful resources! We strongly recommend talking to an immigration attorney if you have specific questions.

    Helpful Resources:

    • Family-based Green Card Presentation by Kim Buhler-Thomas, an immigration attorney (Based on information as of March 16, 2021)
      • To view, please click on the link
      • IMPORTANT NOTE: Please keep in mind that the information in her presentation is subject to change as changes in government policy occur. Her presentation is based on information from March 16, 2021. Please look into updates, changes, or consult with an immigration attorney.
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    Severe Economic Hardship

    The government has made provisions on a case-by-case basis to grant authorization for off-campus employment due to new, unexpected circumstances beyond your control that have created the severe economic hardship. These may include:

    • Loss of financial aid–if it is not your fault;
    • Large increases in tuition or living costs
    • Substantial decrease in the relative value of currency you depend upon to pay expenses;
    • Unexpected changes in the financial conditions for your sources of financial support;
    • Unexpectedly large medical bills not covered by insurance; or
    • Other substantial, unexpected expenses.

    Eligibility

    • Lawful F-1 status for at least one full academic year
    • Good academic standing
    • Documented. supportable evidence that your off-campus employment is necessary due to severe economic hardship caused by circumstances beyond your control that arose after obtaining F-1 status
    • Academic record supportive of the prospect that accepting off-campus employment will not interfere with your ability to successfully complete a full course of study

    Conditions

    • Work is limited to no more than 20 hours per week off-campus while school is in session or full-time during vacation periods.
    • Authorization is granted in increments of one year or until your program end date, which ever is sooner.

    Application Procedure

    1. Complete an Application for Employment Authorization Form I-765. (You can complete the form on page 10 by using your computer keyboard. Use the TAB key to navigate.) Complete Item #16 as follows: ( c ) ( 3 ) ( iii ). Be sure to include the following as part of your application. Form filing tips

      • Form I-765
      • $ 410 check or money order payable to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
      • New Form I-20 recommending your employment obtained from International Services-send a copy with your application
      • Copies of all previous Form I-20s
      • 2 photos as detailed in “Part 3. Required Documentation” of the application—we recommend you place them in a small plastic bag
      • Copy of your Form I-94 Departure Record (front and back)
      • Documentation of hardship

        • Personal letter explaining the circumstances of the hardship
        • Supporting materials
          • For example, a letter detailing illness at home or information telling of the devaluation of currency in your home country, etc. (Letters from parents and sponsors must be notarized.)
          • A list of assets, income, and expenses
          • Explanation as to why other employment options are unavailable or insufficient (a simple statement might suffice)
      • Copy of your passport visa and your name, date of birth, photograph, passport number, and passport expiration date pages. If you are Canadian, you may submit a copy of a photo identity document issued by a governmental agency such as a passport showing your photograph, name, and date of birth or a driver's license showing the same information. The photocopy must clearly show your photograph and identity information.
      • Copy of your last EAD (front and back) if you have previously received one
    2. Bring your completed application to International Services for review before submitting it to USCIS.
    3. We recommend that you make a copy of everything you send to USCIS for your personal records.
    4. EADs will not be forwarded so if you are planning to move, you may want to put our office address on the I-765 (1351 WSC, Provo, UT 84602). However, if you do, you must update your contact information in Route Y (address, email, phone) so we can reach you when your EAD arrives.
    5. We recommend that you send your application by certified return receipt mail to:

    (for U.S. Postal Service deliveries) USCIS P.O. Box 21281
    Phoenix, AZ 85036

    (for courier/express non-U.S. Postal Service deliveries)
    USCIS
    Attn: AOS
    1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
    Suite 100
    Phoenix, AZ 85034