SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
A Social Security number (SSN#) is an identification number required for working in the US. If you plan to engage in lawful employment, you will need to obtain a Social Security number. The Social Security Administration holds the view that a Social Security Number should be issued only for employment reasons.
You must have proof of employment to obtain a Social Security number. ALL persons seeking employment of any kind must obtain a Social Security Number before payment can be received.
Students at CSUB on F-1 or J-1 visas are eligible for a Social Security number. J-2 dependents are eligible and can apply for a Social Security Number if they have received work authorization from USCIS. F-2 dependents are not eligible for a Social Security number. Although students authorized to work must obtain a Social Security card, contributions for Social Security and Medi-Cal should not be withheld from wages. Be sure to inform your employer before beginning employment.
It is not necessary to have a social security number to open a bank account.
The Social Security office will not issue you a social security card for
banking purposes. You should obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification
Number (ITIN) from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The form to obtain
an ITIN number can be obtained from the bank or the IRS website at www.irs.gov
To apply for a Social Security Number, you must provide original documents showing your age, identity, immigration status, and proof that CSUB has authorized you to work either on or off-campus as well as a letter from the Office of ISP.
You must apply in person at Social Security Offices in Bakersfield:
5300 Office Park Dr. Suite# 100
Bakersfield, CA 93309-0618
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