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Social Security Number (SSN)

If students work on campus or as a part of CPT / OPT, they will need a Social Security number.   NOTE: Students must wait to apply until at least ten days after the arrival date stamped in their passport or on their I-94 form.

Students obtain a Social Security number from the Social Security Administration.  The Social Security office is located at 500 Quarrier Street in Charleston.  The phone number is 1-888-527-9305. Students need to take their passport, form I-94, I-20, a sponsor letter from UC, and a letter from a potential employer which needs to include the planned dates of employment.  Under normal circumstances, the process can be completed in 14 days. 

Students must report their Social Security number to the Business Office, the International Programs Office, and their employer.

Application to apply for a Social Security Card.



Contact Information

Elizabeth Slack
Director of International Programs
International & ESL Programs
University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Charleston, WV  25304

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