Social Security

 

APPLYING FOR A SSN IN HOLYOKE, MA

Visit the Social Security Administration website for up-to-date information.

  1. Completed application. Form SS-5. Note: On #5 Citizenship, on the SS-5 form, check off “Legal Alien Allowed to Work".
  2. Copy of your passport page with validity dates and signature.*
  3. [All other documents are based on your visa type-please see below.

F-1 visa holders must also have:

  • Copy of current I-20.*
  • Copy of your valid F-1 visa page in passport.*
  • Copy of your entry stamp indicating your date of entry and F-1 visa (usually stamped near your F-1 visa page).*
  • Original Employer’s Letter (must be on hiring department’s letterhead and must be signed by both employer and IPO)

J-1 visa holders must also have:

  • Copy of current DS-2019.*
  • Copy of valid J-1 visa page in passpor.t*
  • Copy of entry stamp indicating your date of entry and J-1 visa (usually stamped near your J-1 visa page).*
  • Original signed letter from your J-1 visa sponsor. Note: If UMass is not your sponsor, the letter must come from the sponsoring agency, e.g. Fulbright, Laspau, etc.

J-2 visa holders must also have:

  • Copy of current DS-2019.*
  • Copy of valid J-2 visa page in passport.*
  • Copy of entry stamp indicating your date of entry and J-2 visa (usually stamped near your J-2 visa page).*
  • Copy of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).*

*Original documents also required.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY? Generally speaking, social security numbers are available to F-1 who are employed, J-1, and H-1 visa holders. If you are in a dependent visa category (for example J-2) but have employment permission, you will also be able to apply for a number. F-2 visa holders do not have employment permission and are not eligible to receive a social security number.

HOW TO GET TO THE HOLYOKE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA) OFFICE. The SSA office in Holyoke, MA is located at 200 High St., Phone: 1-877-480-4989; Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-3pm & Wed. 9am-noon (except Federal Holidays)

By Car from UMass: Take I-91 South and get off at exit 17. Take a left onto MA-141 East, toward Holyoke Center. Turn left onto Easthampton Street and continue onto Dwight Street. Turn left onto High Street. The current estimated travel time is approximately 30 minutes (one-way).

By Bus from UMass: Use the PVTA BUS R29 "Trip Planner": www.umass.edu/transit/trip_planner.html. Follow the instructions provided by PVTA.  Use "200 High Street, Holyoke, MA" as your destination. This site will provide suggested bus routes. The current shortest estimated travel time is approximately 45 minutes (one-way).