Social Security Number Request Form

Instructions to complete the form

  1. Receive an on-campus job offer and obtain a job offer letter from your CSU employer.
  2. Fill out Page 1 of the Social Security Number Request Form for a letter of authorization from ISSS. 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. We will email you when the letter is ready for you to pick up.
  3. Complete the application for a Social Security Number (Form SS-5). This form is available on the Social Security Administration website or at the Social Security 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

Website: www.ssa.gov

Phone: 866-336-7385

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  1. Bring the following original documents to the Social Security Office to apply for a Social Security Card (photocopies will not be accepted):
    • Completed application for Social Security Number (Form SS-5)
    • Original I-20 or DS-2019
    • Valid passport
    • Current I-94 (either card or print out from Customs and Border Protection website)
    • Letter from ISSS office
    • Job offer letter from the department
  1. When you submit your application to the Social Security Office, request a receipt or a letter of verification indicating that you have applied for the 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.
  2. 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.

Tips

  • 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.