Because your Social Security number is interconnected with many other forms of identification, it can be used to steal your identity. You should protect your SSN like you would your passport or other identifying documents. For more information about protecting yourself from identity theft, see the University of Missouri Make IT Safe website and the MU Police website.
Sample Social Security card.
A Social Security number is a unique, nine-digit number issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration. It facilitates the reporting of wages to the government and is required in order to work in the United States. It also serves as a national identification number for taxation and other purposes.
International students and scholars must wait two full weeks from their date of entry into the United States before applying for a Social Security card. Applications submitted earlier will be subject to an additional delay of six weeks to three months and will increase the time it takes to receive a Social Security number.
International students must be employed to apply for a Social Security card. If you do not have a job or job offer, you cannot apply for a Social Security number. In addition to the required documents listed below, international students must provide proof of on-campus employment:
The Social Security Administration provides more information about Social Security numbers for international students.
The hosting MU department does not need a Social Security number to begin employing an international scholar. Any departmental questions regarding this administrative process should be referred to the International Center.
You will submit all of these documents to the Columbia Social Security office, located at:
803 Gray Oak Drive (map)
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