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Social Security for International Students

Eligibility for Social Security

Requirements for F-1 Students

  • In the U.S. for at least 10 days
  • Enrolled full-time in classes
  • Have a confirmed job offer. The job must begin within 30 days of applying for a Social Security Number.
Social Security Numbers are issued for employment purposes only. 

Obtaining Your Social Security Card

First Steps

  • After you have a job offer confirmed, go to the Human Resources Office at Green Hall to obtain a Social Security application letter. This letter must be signed by your employer and by a Human Resources Office staff member.
  • After you have obtained your letter from Human Resources go to the International Student Center to get a signed letter from your International Student Advisor.


How to Apply

Bring the following items to the Social Security Office.

  • Passport
  • Form I-20
  • Form I-94
  • Liberty Student ID (Flames Pass) Card
  • Birth Certificate (This is required if your passport is less than a year old.)
  • Letter verifying the job offer, signed by both the employer and the Human Resources Office.
  • Letter from the International Student Center signed by the Designated School Official.
  • Proof of residency in Lynchburg. This could be a piece of mail that has been sent to you at your current address (Liberty or local).
    • Make sure you use a complete address when you apply, with a box# or apartment#.
      • Example: Sue Smith, 1971 University Blvd #12345, Lynchburg, VA 24506.
    • You can use a bank statement, cell phone bill, or a transcript that lists your local or Liberty address. Personal letters, computer printouts, or “junk mail” like magazines will not be accepted.

Social Security Office

(434) 582-1520
(800) 772-1213 (toll-free)

7618 Timberlake Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(located beside “Vistas at Dreaming Creek” Apartments)

After you receive your card take it to:

  • Human Resources
  • Registrar’s Office

*Please note that F-2 visa holders are not eligible for Social Security Numbers.

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