- Fill out Page 1 of the Social Security Number Request Form
- Comply with all immigration requirements
- If you are a new student to CSU, you will need to complete the Immigration Document Review before the letter of authorization can be issued.
- All students must be enrolled full time for the semester to be eligible for this letter.
We will email you when the letter is ready for you to pick up.
Please allow for 3-5 business days for processing. If it is the beginning or end of the semester, please allow for 5-7 business days for processing.
Submitting Your Application to the Social Security Administration
- Complete the application for a Social Security Number (Form SS-5) before going to the Social Security Administration office. This form is available on the Social Security Administration website and in the link below.
- Bring the following documents with you to the Social Security Administration office:
- Job Offer Letter (original)
- Social Security Number Request Letter from ISSS (original)
- Form SS-5 (completed ahead of time)
- Current I-20 or DS-2019 (original)
- Valid Passport
- Current I-94 Arrival/Departure (either a card or the print out)
- When you submit your application to the Social Security Administration office, request a receipt or a letter of verification indicating that you have applied for your SSN.
- It can take 4-8 weeks to receive your Social Security card by mail, and the receipt will be helpful to your employer’s payroll department.
- Once you receive your Social Security card, please contact the Foreign National Tax Office at BFS_ForeignTax@mail.colostate.edu and they will provide you with a link to an information form for you to fill out. Once the form has been completed, you will be contacted to set up an appointment with the office.
Social Security Administration Office
301 S Howes Street, 4th Floor
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(In the same government building as the U.S. Post Office)
Corner of S Howes Street and W. Olive Street
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Students should wait 7-10 business days after arriving in the U.S. and completing Immigration Document Review with ISSS before applying for a Social Security Number. This allows time for arrival data from the port of entry and SEVIS to be entered in the primary system that the Social Security Administration uses to validate authorization.
- F-1 and J-1 visa students may work on-campus up to 20 hours total per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours total per week when classes are not in session. J-1 students must have their employment authorized in SEVIS and get an authorization letter from ISSS before beginning employment.
- Protect your identity by keeping your Social Security card in a locked, safe place.
- Do not give your SSN to just anyone. Employers, tax agencies (IRS, tax accountants), CSU, and banks are some of the few organizations that might legitimately request your SSN. The IRS will not call you and request your SSN over the phone. If this happens, it is likely a scam. If anyone requests your SSN that you are unsure of, please contact our office and we will help you confirm the organizations legitimacy, if possible. When in doubt, don’t hand it out.