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Social Security Number

A Social Security Number (SSN) is needed for employment in the United States. Students and scholars are eligible to apply if they are employed in the U.S. or have been offered a job. If you are paid in the U.S., you must have a SSN to file a U.S. income tax return. Students who do not have a job will not be eligible to apply for a SSN. Please refer to the Social Security Administration for more information about International Students and Social Security Numbers.

Application Process

You must apply at the Social Security Administration Office in Cheyenne, WY. You may not apply until one month after the beginning of the semester for a student, or until one month after your arrival for a visiting scholar. You should receive your social security number in the mail within 4-6 weeks after you apply. 


Step 1: Collect and Complete Required Documents


Step 2: Submit Survey to Request ISS Letter

  • Must attach the Employer Letter and Page 5 of the Social Security Application


Step 3: Schedule appointment with Social Security Administration

After you recieve the ISS letter, call the Social Security Administration in Cheyenne to schedule an appointment for your Social Security Number. To schedule an appointment, call Phone (866) 336-7580.


Location and Hours

Social Security Administration

3001 E. Pershing Boulevard, Suite 140

Cheyenne, WY 82001

Phone (866) 336-7580


Contact Us

University of Wyoming International Students and Scholars

Department 3228

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5193


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