Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services (CISSS)
Study in the States: http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/
Department of State: www.state.gov
Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: http://www.ice.gov/
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: http://cbp.gov/
U.S. Embassies and Consulates: http://www.usembassy.gov/
CT State ID:
You must be a student in valid status to apply for a CT state ID.
CT Driver’s License:
You must be a student in valid status to apply for a CT Driver’s License.
Social Security Number (SSN)
You must be a student in good standing to apply for a Social Security Number. An SSN is a nine-digit number assigned by the SSA to track workers’ earnings and eligibility for participation in certain government programs and for tax purposes. The SSA generally only assigns SSNs to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and individuals legally authorized to work in the United States.
As an F-1 student, you may be eligible for an SSN in certain circumstances:
- You have authorization for curricular practical training
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved your application for employment authorization (optional practical training, economic hardship or work for an international organization)
- You have authorization for and either are currently working at an on-campus job or have secured on-campus employment. If you have on-campus work authorization, it is especially important to talk to the CISSS about requirements because the SSA will need specific information from the Director of Human Resources and from the CISSS about your on-campus job
Please complete a Form SS-5, “Application for a Social Security Card,” (http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf) at your local Social Security Administration office and show evidence of your work authorization, your age and your identity. Once assigned, your SSN becomes a unique identifying number that belongs to you for the rest of your life. You should take steps to protect it and guard against identity theft.
Hartford Social Security Office
960 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103