How do I get a Social Security Number?

A Social Security Number (SSN) is the American equivalent of a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN).

See the I-Centre info on SSN: http://icenter.stanford.edu/quick_reference/soc_sec.html

You will need to visit a social security office to apply for a social security number (there is an office in Mountain View at 700 E El Camino Real). The application process is straightforward: bring your passport with status/visa information as well as supplementary ID (such as a birth certificate) and let the agent do the rest. There are a few things to be aware of:

  • Depending on your visa status, you may not be able to get a SSN unless you are being paid.
  • You need to be in the country for at least 10 days before you can apply for a SSN.
  • Social security offices tend to be busy, so be prepared to wait.
  • It can take a long time (like 6+ weeks) for your SSN to arrive.

Last Updated 9/27/2009 by ssoneff