How long does it take to get an SSN?
On average it takes applicants between 3-5 weeks to receive their Social Security number.
Can I work before I receive my SSN?
Yes, an employer can legally hire you but you must have proof that you have already applied for your SSN. If you have any problems concerning gaining a summer job due to the fact you are waiting for your Social Security Number, please contact the US Sponsor immediately.
What do I do if I have lost my SSN, do I apply for a new SSN when I travel on the J1 or can USIT give me this information?
Unfortunately, USIT cannot assist you with your SSN as we do not have access to participants SS information. You need to contact the local Social Security Office in the USA, where you are staying, with two forms of ID to get your SSN.
DO NOT apply for a new Social Security Number!