Social Security Number

OISS Social Security Number

Social Security numbers (SSN) are generally assigned to people who are authorized to work in the United States. Social Security numbers are used to report your wages to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits. You must have a valid offer of employment to be eligible for a US Social Security number.

How to Apply for a SSN

To apply, you must present the following documents 10 days after your entry to the U.S.:

  • Letter from the employer
  • Letter from OISS
  • Form SS-5 (SSN Application available online)
  • Valid passport
  • Valid I-20
  • Valid I-94 Arrival/Departure Card

Nearby Social Security Offices


230 East Spruce Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

Phone: (800) 772-1213

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

Public Transportation from LMU: Walk outside of the back-gates down Loyola Blvd. Take bus 115 from the corner of Loyola Blvd and Manchester Ave. After 22 stops, get off at Manchester/ Market station. Walk down Market St and turn left on Spurce Ave.

West Los Angeles

Suite 300
11500 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Phone: (800) 772-1213

Hours: Monday- Friday 9am-4pm

Visit the Social Security Office Locator for more locations.