Applying for a Social Security Number

When you secure an on-campus job, you should go to Human Resource (HR) and fill out the Form I-9 and obtain a verification letter. After that, you should request an additional verification letter from the International Student Office.

Social Security Office Information

The closest Social Security office is located at:

77 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604 (see map)
Phone Number: (800) 772-1213, (800) 325-0778
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (All offices now close at noon on Wednesdays.)

How to Get There

  • Take one of two CTA trains:
    • the CTA Brown Line to LaSalle/Van Buren (walk for three minutes)
    • Take CTA Red Line to Jackson (walk for three minutes)

Social Security Office Location Map

What to Bring
When you go to the Social Security office, bring the following with you:

  • your I-20
  • your passport
  • your letter from HR
  • your letter from ISO
  • the Social Security number application form

Keep the following in mind:

  • Never leave your original I-20 and/or passport at the Social Security office. Any documents left in the office will be discarded.
  • Please remember to request a receipt letter after you have submitted the documents.
  • The letter with the Social Security Number card should be mailed to your CPO mailbox in approximately 1–2 weeks.

More Information

Learn more at

International Student Office