Social Security / SEVIS
As soon as you arrive to USA, one of the important things you do is applying for Social Security Card. Every J1 program participant who come to USA on a J-1 status is required to have the SSN. Without it, paychecks won’t be issued; also it is equally important to file for tax returns at the end of the year.
It takes about 2 – 4 weeks for your card and number to arrive. When you apply for a card, you will be given a letter to show your employer that you have successfully applied for social Security card and it will state the date when your card is ready for pick up. Be aware that some employers will not give you your paycheck until you get your Social Security number.
These are few documents you will need to present to apply for your Social Security card:
- Unexpired passport with valid J-1 or H-2B visa;
- Form I-94 – Arrival/Departure Record. Please print the form prior to Social Security registration from www.cbp.gov/i-94
- Form DS-2019 – Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status;
- Completed application (www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf)