Frequently Asked Questions 

How long will it take to receive my Social Security card?

It will take two to four weeks for you to receive your Social Security card.

My name is misspelled on my Social Security card. How do I get it corrected?

To correct a name spelling, you will need to go to the U.S. Social Security Administration office. The staff there will help you submit the paperwork required to correct the spelling.

I already have a Social Security card. Do I need to submit letters proving my employment?

No. This evidence rule does not apply to students/scholars who have already been issued a Social Security number.

Do I have to apply for the Social Security card in New York state?

No. You can apply for the Social Security card at any Social Security Administration office. However, you are strongly advised to apply at an office in the area where you will be living/working.

I am not eligible for a Social Security card. What should I do?

Students who are not eligible for a Social Security card will still be able to open a bank account, buy a cell phone and accomplish other tasks where a social security card might be asked for. If you are not eligible for a Social Security card, you can ask the Social Security Administration office for a Letter of Ineligibility.

Students who are not eligible for a Social Security Card but are required to report scholarship income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Authority (IRS) can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). More Information on the ITIN can be found here.

Last Updated: 8/25/16