You may apply for the SSN at the Social Security Administration Building at 6011 Odana Road in Madison, WI. Please wait to apply for the SSN until at least 30 days have passed from the day you registered as a new scholar with IFSS. IFSS must activate your J-1 program in SEVIS before you can apply.
Bring the following documents to apply:
- Appointment offer letter from your UW department
Many private service providers in the U.S. (mobile phone and cable companies) will ask for SSNs when you apply for their services. Legally, no company can require you to provide them with a SSN. If you are not eligible for an SSN, you may need to explain to the company that you are in a non-immigrant status in the U.S. and are not eligible for an SSN.