Social Security Card
A Social Security Card must be obtained to work in the United States. Social Security
Numbers are used to report your wages to the government.
The following documents are necessary to obtain a social security card:
- a letter offering you employment on IWU letterhead, that includes your position and
the day you are requested to begin working
- a letter from the International Office that affirms you are a full-time student
- a completed social security application
- a print copy of your I-94
- I-20 or DS-2019
- passport and visa
- your original birth certificate if you have it in the United States with you. If your
original birth certificate is at home, you do not need a copy.
Download a step-by-step social security card application process here
You are eligible to work immediately after you apply for your social security card.Most students receive their social security card in
the mail 2 weeks after they apply.
PUT YOUR CAMPUS ADDRESS ON THE SOCIAL SECURITY APPLICATION SO THAT YOUR CARD IS SENT
DIRECTLY TO YOU.
Social Security Office group visits At the beginning of each semester, several trips will be scheduled to take students
to the Social Security Office to submit your application. You must apply in person.
If you need to go to the Social Security Office later in the semester you will need
to make independent arrangements.
To receive a paycheck the U.S. requires every student to complete the I-9 and W-4 tax forms. You can complete
these at the Financial Aid Office, which will require that you have your social security
number. You must take your passport with you to complete these forms since you are
required to establish your identity. Once the I-9 and W-4 forms are completed the
University can issue you a time card which is required to be completed and submitted
to the Business Office in order to receive a paycheck.