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Social Security Address

Waukesha Location

Social Security Administration

707 N Grand Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-4pm

Wednesday, 9am-12pm

Phone Number: 1-800-772-1213

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Social Security Information

International Students are only eligible for a social security number if they have a job (on-campus, CPT, OPT).

Obtaining a Social Security Number

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will issue a social security number for employment purposes only. If you have problems in establishing a bank account, renting an apartment or opening a cell phone account, contact GEC. We can help you find other ways to satisfy the requirement with the agency requesting the number.

To get a Social Security Number, you must present the following documents at the Social Security Administration Office:

  • Passport
  • I-94 found online at www.cbp.gov/i94 or paper version stapled into your passport
  • I-20/DS-2019 (if you are doing CPT, OPT or AT make sure you are using the new document issued for work permission)
  • Hire Letter
    • On-campus employment: “Verification of On-Campus Employment Form,” completed by your direct supervisor where you will be working on-campus. See Social Security Handout.
    • Off-campus employment: Hire letter from your company that includes all the information found on the “Verification of On-Campus Employment Form” including your company’s EIN. See next page for Form
  • Social Security Letter from ISS (on-campus work only)
  • EAD card (OPT only)
  • Social Security Application (You can download the most updated form from http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf)

 Obtaining a Social Security Denial Letter

If you wish to apply for a Driver’s License but do not yet have a Social Security Number, you must request a “denial letter” from the Social Security Administration. This letter must be obtained before you go to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for your appointment.

To get a denial letter, you must present the following documents at the Social Security Administration Office:

  • I-20/DS-2019
  • Passport
  • I-94 found online at www.cbp.gov/i94 or paper version stapled into your passport