Social Security

All visiting scholars who will be on the University's payroll must have a social security number. Since a visiting scholar must have such a number to get on the WSU payroll, there may be a delay in payment to your visitor. In order to be issued a number, the scholar must present his/her passport and immigration documents to the Social Security Administration officials at either 200 west. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio or 80 N Progress Drive, Xenia, OH 45385 Office Hours: MONDAY - FRIDAY: 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM. Maps and applications are available in the UCIE office. Due to new immigration regulations, it can take up to six weeks to get a social security card. It is very important for all employing departments and divisions to alert scholars that WSU will not be able to pay them until they show evidence that they have applied for the social security card. All scholars should be advised to bring "startup money" to bridge this gap.

  • Step 1: After the completion of the career services packet your packet is submitted for work authorization.
  • Step 2: It takes about nine business days for your work authorization to be processed and you will receive an email from Kim confirming that your work authorization has been approved.
  • Step 3: It takes about two days to process your letters after the work authorization has been approved. You will receive an email from Nam that your letters are ready for pick up. After you receive the email come to the UCIE office and collect the letters.
  • Step 4: You can go to SSN office and submit your documents to the SSN personnel for verification and it takes about three weeks to receive your SSN card.

The documents required for this process are:

  1. Duly filled social security application form (Print a copy from
  2. Passport (with copy of your ID and visa page)
  3. 1-94 (with copy)
  4. DS 2019 (with copy)
  5. Proof of enrollment
  6. Proof of job offer
  7. Letter from UCIE (letter for social security office)

Note: You take bus number 1 departing from in front of Student Union going downtown to the Ohio Social Security Office, which is located in the Federal Building at the intersection of Second and Perry Streets. The address is 200 West Second Street, Room 209.