International Programs

Obtaining A Social Security Number/Card

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will only issue Social Security numbers (SSN) and cards to those students who need one for employment purposes.  You cannot qualify for a card as ID or in order to get a driver's license. You may only apply for a card if you meet one of the following conditions:

  1. For on-campus work
  2. For student with approved Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  3. For other special cases of off-campus work approved by the USCIS (EAD required)

If a student meets one of the conditions above, then s/he may apply for a Social Security Number by bringing the following documents to the Social Security Administration office:

  1. A copy of his/her current I-20 or DS-2019
  2. His/her passport and a copy of the information and visa pages
  3. A letter of offer from the office or company employing the student. The letter should state the dates and location of employment
  4. A letter from the DSO in the Office of International Program stating you are a student in good standing and eligible for employment
  5. An EAD card (if applicable)
  6. A SSN application, which can be found at the official site of the U.S. Social Security Administration.   

The location and contact information for the closest Social Security Administration office is:

5205 University Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(336) 767-3736
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The office can be reached by public transportation by taking the WSSU Downtown Shuttle (leaving from RJR every hour on the hour from 9 to 4) or the WSTA lines 3, 26 or 30 to the Downtown bus station. From there, take the #23 bus to the Social Security stop.

**The SSA office if usually quite crowded, so give yourself adequate time to complete the process.

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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