Employment is highly regulated and strictly enforced for J-1 visa holders. Individuals who are discovered working illegally will be required to leave the United States.
If you have questions regarding employment,
visit ISS BEFORE you begin working.
A Responsible Officer in ISS can authorize professors and research scholars to engage in occasional lectures, seminars, or consultations at locations not listed on the Form DS-2019, if the activities are related to the objective of the exchange visitor's program participation.
Social Security Number
What is a Social Security Number (SSN)?
- A SSN is a tax identification number. A SSN is only required if you will be receiving payment, honorarium, or a stipend from a U.S. based employer. It is used by employers for payroll. It is also used for credit reporting, which is why some businesses use it on account applications.
- In general, only non-citizens who have permission to work from DHS can apply for a SSN.
How do I get a SSN?
- International students and scholars must have a job in the US to be eligible to apply for a SSN.
Documents for a SSN application?
- You need the SSN Application.
- Your passport, I-94 (entry record) and form I-20 or DS-2019.
- A letter from your employer stating you are employed.
- A letter from ISS stating that you are maintaining status and are eligible to work.
When you apply for the SSN, you will receive a receipt. You will give the receipt to your employer, which will allow you to work until your SSN arrives (3-4 weeks).
Contact ISS if you have any questions about employment.
Missoula Social Security Office Information:
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: Closed