San Francisco Bay Area BA-PIER

Bay Area Professionals in International Education Roundtable

Welcome to the United States and to Social Security!

Students

If you are temporarily in the U.S. as a student, you do not need a Social Security number to register for or to attend college

http://www.ssa.gov/immigration/immigration2.htm#students

Visa Classifications that Allow You to Work in the U.S.

Visa Classification

Definition

E-1, E-2

Treaty trader or Treaty investor

F-1

Foreign academic student, when certain conditions are met

H-1B, H-1C, H-2A, H-2B, H-3

Temporary worker

I

Foreign information media representative

J-1

Exchange visitor, when certain conditions are met

K-1

Fiancé of a U.S. citizen

L-1

Intra-company transferee

M-1

Foreign vocational student

O-1, O-2

Temporary worker in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics

P-1, P-2, P-3

Temporary worker in the arts, athletics in an exchange or cultural program

Q-1, Q-2

Cultural exchange visitor

R-1

Temporary religious worker with a nonprofit organization

TC

Professional business worker admitted under U.S.-Canada Free Trade Act (NAFTA)

TN

Professional business worker admitted under NAFTA


Please Note:
If you have a different classification, you must show us evidence from the Department of Homeland Security that you are authorized to work.

http://www.ssa.gov/immigration/visa.htm