Social Security Number

NOTE: A Social Security Number is a lifetime number. If you already received a SSN in the past, you do not need to apply for a new one. If you do not have employment, but have a taxable scholarship or fellowship that needs to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you must apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Eugene Social Security Office

2504 Oakmont Way, Eugene, OR 97401

Directions by bus: Take bus #67 - Coburg Road/VRC from the Eugene Bus Station. The SSA office is located across from the Oakway Center behind Albertson's supermarket. 

Ph. Eugene Office 866.563.3450

Open 9am – 4pm Monday thru Friday

Limited in-person appts for dire need only. International students needing an original Social Security Number/Card for a job is considered dire need. Students must call to setup an in-person appointment and mention that ‘they are an international student employee applying for an original Social Security Number/Card for the first-time and need a SSN for their job." The appointment usually occurs about 1-week after calling.

Replacement Social Security Cards are not considered dire need. Replacement card requests need to be done by mail; make sure to include a Social Security Card Application Form SS-5 and appropriate original support documents (these will be mailed back to employee, keep a copy for records)

F-1 Students

You are eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) if you have been hired for an on-campus job or received authorization for another type of F-1 employment, such as CPT or OPT. 

For ON-CAMPUS employment, here are the steps to apply for a social security number:

  1. Fill out the application for social security card. Go to https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
  2. Call the Eugene Social Security Office to schedule an in-person appointment. (Mention that you are an international student employee applying for a SSN for the first time and need a SSN for your job.)
  3. Bring the following documents with you to the appointment:
  • Social Security Application (filled out in blue or black ink)
  • Passport
  • Original I-20 (requires "wet" signature from ISSS. If you need a reprinted I-20 with "wet" signature, visit the ISSS office in Oregon Hall, 3rd floor)
  • I-94 (retrieve at cbp.gov/I94)
  • Social Security Verification form (requires “wet” signature from ISSS)

After your appointment, SSA will mail a receipt to your mailing address within a few days. You should give this receipt to your hiring department or on-campus employer. The social security card may take up to 6 weeks for delivery because they are being mailed from the east coast.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PAY: The social security number/card or receipt is not needed to work and receive pay. Your UO hiring department only needs to file Form I-9 with Payroll to begin paying you.The social security process will not delay your pay; the SSA is backed up and taking 2-6 weeks from time of appointment to receive the social security card, and the Eugene office is only doing 9-appointments per week.

 

For OFF-CAMPUS employment, here are the steps to apply for a social security number:

  1.  Fill out the application for social security card. Go to https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
  2.  Call the Social Security Administration nearest you to schedule an in-person appointment. Find Social Security Administration office closest to where you live
  3. Bring the following documents with you to the appointment:
  • Application (filled out in blue or black ink)
  • Passport
  • Original CPT I-20 or OPT I-20 (requires "wet" signature from ISSS)
  • I-94 (retrieve at cbp.gov/I94)
  • Employment Authorization Document (for OPT only)

After your appointment, SSA will mail a receipt to your mailing address within a few days. You should give this receipt to your hiring department or on-campus employer. The social security card may take up to 6 weeks for delivery because they are being mailed from the east coast.

J-1 Students

You can apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) if you have received work authorization from International Student & Scholar Services for on-campus student employment or academic training. If you are applying on the basis of an on-campus job, you must first complete the J-1 Student Employment Authorization Form before you can go to a Social Security office to apply for a Social Security Number.
 

For ON-CAMPUS employment, here are the steps to apply for a social security number:

  1. Fill out the application for social security card. Go to https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
  2. Call the Eugene Social Security Office to schedule an in-person appointment. 
  3. Bring the following documents with you to the appointment:
  • Application (filled out in blue or black ink)
  • Passport
  • Original DS-2019 (requires "wet" signature from ISSS. If you need a reprinted DS-2019 with "wet" signature, visit the ISSS office in Oregon Hall, 3rd floor)
  • I-94 (retrieve at cbp.gov/I94)
  • J-1 Student Employment Authorization Form (requires “wet” signature from ISSS)

After your appointment, SSA will mail a receipt to your mailing address within a few days. You should give this receipt to your hiring department or on-campus employer. The social security card may take up to 6 weeks for delivery because they are being mailed from the east coast.

For OFF-CAMPUS employment, here are the steps to apply for a social security number:

  1. Fill out the application for social security card. Go to https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
  2. Call the Social Security Administration nearest you to schedule an in-person appointment. Find a Social Security Office by going to the Social Security web site and entering your ZIP code. The nearest office in Eugene is at 2504 OAKMONT WAY, EUGENE, OR.
  3. Bring the following documents with you to the appointment:
  • Application (filled out in blue or black ink)
  • Passport
  • Original DS-2019 with Academic Training Authorization (requries "wet" signature from ISSS)
  • I-94 (retrieve at cbp.gov/I94)

After your appointment, SSA will mail a receipt to your mailing address within a few days. You should give this receipt to your hiring department or on-campus employer. The social security card may take up to 6 weeks for delivery because they are being mailed from the east coast.