International Students

Social Security Number

Applying for a Social Security Number

Please follow these steps if you need to apply for a social security number (SSN):

  1. Print the Employment Verification Letter (SSN)(EVL) form and take it to your Ohio State employer for their signature (students on CPT will need their CPT offer letter and the CPT-endorsed I-20 but not the EVL)
    • The Social Security Administration is still requiring wet signatures – digital signatures will not be accepted
  2. Drop off your Employment Verification Letter for signature at the Office of International Affairs
    • EVLs can only be dropped off Monday-Friday using the Office of International Affairs Dropbox located by the office’s front doors without an appointment
  3. Schedule an appointment once an immigration coordinator has emailed to confirm your documents are ready for pickup
  4. Once you have the completed form with signatures from both your employer and the Office of International Affairs, please visit a local Social Security Administration Office to apply for your SSN. Social Security Administration (SSA) Offices accept walk-ins, and you do not need to schedule an appointment.

Social Security Administration Office Locations:

You will need to bring the following documents with you to your appointment:

Please note that you can begin employment without having the SSN. Once you receive your SSN, you must upload a copy to the University Registrar.

You may apply for a Social Security Number if you are employed in the United States. Once issued, the number is valid for one’s lifetime. If you are not employed but require an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for tax filing purposes due to a University Fellowship or Athletic Scholarship, please contact an Immigration Coordinator for assistance.

Identity theft and your Social Security Number

Be careful with your Social Security card and number. Show your card to your employer when you start a job so your records are correct. Provide your Social Security number to your financial institution(s) for tax reporting. Keep your card and any other document that shows your Social Security Number in a safe place. DO NOT routinely carry your card or other documents that display your number. Learn more about protecting your Social Security Number from identity theft.

Tax information

Each year, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that all workers file a tax return due on April 15 of the following year. As a nonresident alien, you are also required to file a tax return, which is sometimes called Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ. As an employee of The Ohio State University, you will complete your tax return through Glacier.

Form 1042-S

To complete your tax return, you will need some basic information about your employer and detailed information about how much income you earned over the past year. As a nonresident alien, you will receive this information through Form 1042-S; U.S. citizens receive this information through Form W-2.

Ohio State is required to furnish your yearly 1042-S by March 15 of the following year. You may elect to receive your 1042-S online through Glacier. Otherwise, you will receive a copy of Form 1042-S by U.S. mail.

Some nonresident aliens may receive both a W-2 and a 1042-S. If this applies to you, then you may refer to W-2 Online for instructions on how you can access your W-2 through the ePayroll system.


As a foreign national, you may already know how daunting understanding your tax obligations can be. That’s why the university has provided you with a program called Glacier.

Glacier is a web-based computer program that provides a “beginning to end” tax compliance solution. Once the university determines that you are a nonresident alien, you will receive an email to your email address directing you to the Glacier website with a password for entry. After asking a few simple questions, the Glacier program will guide you through the tax filing process.

Glacier does the following:

If you are a nonresident alien and have not received Glacier information, please contact the Tax Office at Learn more about filing taxes.