- U.S. federal law requires all individuals employed in the U.S. to have a Social Security Number (SSN). SSN’s are used to identify employees and tax salaries, and are only issued for the purpose of employment. The Social Security Administration will not issue a SSN for the purpose of opening a bank account or obtaining driver's license or telephone.
- A SSN is not required to begin employment, but must be obtained immediately after being hired.
- Useful Link - SSA: International Students and Social Security Numbers
NOTE: For those students (e.g. sponsored students and student athletes) who receive taxable scholarships, grants or stipends from US sources but are not employed in the US, you should apply for the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).