Social Security Number Information
All U.S. employers require employees to have a Social Security Number (SSN). This unique nine digit identification number is issued by the U.S. government and is necessary for getting paid, paying taxes, getting a driver's license, obtaining credit cards and much more.
Once you obtain your SSN, you must guard it carefully. The Social Security Number is a permanent ID number. Only share your SSN with individuals or organizations whom you believe are trustworthy and have a valid reason for needing your social security number.
You can find more information about SSNs on the Social Security Administration (SSA) website.
Obtaining an SSN
To apply for a Social Security Number (SSN), please visit the nearest SSA Office located in Waltham.
As of December 16, 2011, the Waltham Social Security Office has moved to a different location:
Waltham, MA 02452
SSA business hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9am-3pm and Wednesday, 9am-12pm.
Be sure to take the following documents with you when you visit the SSA:
- Valid passport with U.S. Entry visa & I-94 card
- Form I-20 / DS-2019
- Social Security Letter issued by the ISSO
- One of the following: Brandeis Intent to Hire Form from Student Employment Office (for students with on-campus jobs)/Fellowship Letter for PhD students/Official offer letter (for scholars/researchers)
- J-1 sponsored students also need to bring their sponsor’s work authorization letter (for J-1 sponsored students only)