J-1 Scholar: Social Security
Applying for a Social Security Number
Before you apply, make sure you have:
- been in the United States for at least 10 days, and
- received your confirmation email from J-1 Scholar Advising that you have been validated in SEVIS, and
- started your J-1 program (i.e., the program start date as listed on your DS-2019 has passed).
Gather the following original documents:
- Penn State ID card
- Your completed SS-5 form
- NOTE: This form must have a full street address that the US Postal Service will recognize. If you do not know the full street address, ask your landlord.
Call the Social Security Administration Office first. Do not go in person until you have an appointment.
Social Security Administration Office
901 University Drive, Suite 2
State College, PA 16801
Phone: (866) 864-1516
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 9 to 4, Wednesday 9 to 12, Thursday-Friday 9 to 4
Sign your Social Security card when it arrives in the mail.