A Social Security Number is a government-issued tax ID number required when working in the United States. This number is issued for a person’s lifetime and will not change.
Domestic programs or anyone already issued a permanent Social Security Number will need to bring their card with them.
International Participants Only
International recruiting will assign you a temporary Social Security Number before you arrive, this number is not your permanent Social Security Number.
International participants who do not have a U.S. Social Security Number will receive a mandatory appointment during the first few weeks of their first program, to be part of a trip to the Social Security Administration office in Orlando. The number of people allowed on a trip is limited, and your appointment date may differ from someone else in your arrival group.
Social Security Appointments should take first priority over work or personal matters as they have to be completed within 30 days from your arrival. If you miss your appointment, it is very important to reply to the email you received about your appointment.
A few weeks after the appointment, you will receive your number and card. The number and card is a private number which should only to be used in certain scenarios. This card should not be carried around with you and should be locked in a safe location.