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Evidence Requirements for Assignment of Social Security Numbers (SSNs); Assignment of SSNs to Foreign Academic Students in F-1 Status

Federal Register, December 16, 2003, Page 69978


Social Security Administration (SSA).


Proposed rules.


We propose to clarify our rules for assigning SSNs to foreign academic students in Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service or INS) classification status F-1 (referred to throughout this preamble as F-1 students). Specifically, we propose to add additional evidentiary requirements for F-1 students who are applying for an SSN. In addition to meeting SSA's requirement to provide evidence of age, identity, legal alien status, and work authorization, F-1 students would also be required to present evidence that employment has been secured before we will assign the F-1 student an SSN. These rules would further enhance the integrity of SSA's enumeration processes for assigning SSNs by reducing the opportunity for fraud through misuse of SSNs.


To be sure that your comments are considered, we must receive them by February 17, 2004.


You may give us your comments by: using our Internet facility (i.e., Social Security Online) at or the Federal eRulemaking Portal:; email to; telefax to (410) 966-2830; or letter to the Commissioner of Social Security, P.O. Box 17703, Baltimore, MD 21235-7703. You may also deliver them to the Office of Regulations, Social Security Administration, 100 Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on regular business days. Comments are posted on our Internet site, or you may inspect them physically on regular business days by making arrangements with the contact person shown in this preamble.

Further Information

Robert J. Augustine, Social Insurance Specialist, Office of Regulations, 100 Altmeyer Building, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, (410) 965-0020, or TTY (410) 966-5609. For information on eligibility or filing for benefits, call our national toll-free numbers, 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit our Internet web site, Social Security Online, at