Social Security Number
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- Credit card applications.
- Opening bank accounts.
- Purchasing cell phone or cable services and contracts.
- Leasing an apartment or other housing.
- Applying for a driver's license or state ID card.
- Credit reports.
- As a secondary form of ID for a wide variety of uses.
Non-resident aliens can no longer receive a SSN for these purposes. Some landlords and other services may require a letter of non-eligibility from the Social Security Department in order to provide access to their services i.e., North Dakota’s Driver's License and Traffic Safety Department.If you are paid in the U.S., you must have a SSN to file a U.S. income tax return. You must have a Social Security number if you have a scholarship, waiver, graduate assistantship or are otherwise employed. Once you obtain a SSN, it is your permanent number and may be used on subsequent visits to the U.S. Please NOTE: the temporary assigned number (999-99-9999) is not a Social Security number. United States employees pay 7.65% "F.I.C.A." tax, which includes the Social Security and Medicare taxes. The employer automatically withholds it from the employee’s paycheck. If you are paid, you will have this tax withheld unless you are tax exempt due to your immigration status. F-1 students should not have the Social Security or Medicare taxes withheld if they have been in the United States for less than five calendar years.
Update your records with MSU: As soon as you receive your Social Security Number, take the card to the Human Resources Office to change your temporary number to the permanent number. Also, inform your bank of your new Social Security Number.For additional information on Social Security Numbers and non-eligibility, please contact the Office of International Programs.