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International students, scholars, and visitors will need to obtain either a Social Security number issued by the Social Security Administration or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service, for federal tax purposes if receiving payments from the University of Minnesota. Which number is needed will depend on whether the nonresident is hired as an employee, or receiving some other type of payment.
If the nonresident is not eligible for employment, but receiving payments for the University, see ITIN - Individual Taxpayer ID Number.
A U.S. Social Security Number is required if the international visitor is authorized to work and has a job at the University of Minnesota. The student or visitor can apply on or after his/her first day of employment. The Social Security office will not accept applications before the person actually starts to work. The Form SS-5, Application for Social Security Card, will need to be completed at the local Social Security Administration office.
Social Security Administration Offices:
Office hours: 9:00 a.m .to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
International employees must apply for a number with the Social Security Administration before completing the I-9 process at the Job Center or Payroll Services. When completing the I-9, the the new employee must show a receipt for SSN application. You must show the following documents to complete the Social Security application:
Additional materials may also be needed, depending on visa status:
For more information concerning the requirement for obtaining a Social Security number, see the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) websites.
Important to Remember: The name on the international visitor's passport and immigration documents must match the name on the Social Security card.