As of April 7th, 2022, the SSA offices are now open. You should expect extremely high volumes of customers and very long wait lines for the next few weeks. It is possible that not all customers who waited in line will be served the same day. In the event that this happens, the SSA will do its best to accommodate those customers with priority the next day or schedule an appointment within 5 business days. Customers requesting a first time SSN or replacement SSN will no longer be able to make an appointment. They will be seen on a first come first served basis.
If you already have an appointment, SSA will honor it.
The Mountain View office serves: Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Sunnyvale
701 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Fax: 833-950-3370 (secondary)
The Redwood City office serves: East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City. Anything north of Redwood city on the peninsula belongs to San Mateo office, and there are three offices in SF that serves SF and Daly City
601 ALLERTON ST
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063
The Fremont office serves: Fremont and Milpitas
3100 MOWRY AVE
FREMONT, CA 94538
The Downtown San Jose office serves: Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Downtown SJ, Santa Clara
280 S FIRST ST
SAN JOSE, CA 95113
If you are not eligible for a social security number, you may apply for an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).
701 N. Shoreline Blvd. Ist floor, Mountain View, CA 94043
601 Allerton Street, Second floor, Redwood City, CA 94063
The social security office will NOT issue you an SSN if your appointment is more than 30 days before your employment start date
*J-1 On-Campus Employment Authorization
Obtain employment authorization from your J-1 visa sponsor (DS-2019 issuing entity). Stanford-sponsored J-1 students can request J-1 On-Campus employment authorization from Bechtel Connect. NOTE: You must receive this on-campus employment authorization from Bechtel BEFORE you start to work AND BEFORE you apply for the letter from Bechtel.
You should not apply earlier than 16 days after your SEVIS record has been validated. Your SEVIS record can only be validated after you have arrived in the U.S. and after you have submitted your Arrival Confirmation webform.
Those holding a J-1 visa in the "research scholar" or "short term scholar" categories are eligible for an SSN and do not require a letter from the International Center to make their application. We strongly recommend that you apply for an SSN even if you do not expect any payment that may require one. If your fees are being paid by Stanford, you will need an SSN to file taxes. There have been numerous instances where J-1 scholars discover they require an SSN to file tax forms after the completion of their program. Unfortunately at that point, they are no longer eligible for an SSN nor does there seem to be an alternative.