Applying for SSNs and ITINs

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The Social Security Administration and IRS are currently providing limited SSN or ITIN services. Please reach out to for assistance with your specific situation.

Social Security Numbers (SSNs)

A Social Security Number (SSN) is needed to facilitate payment for scholarships, employment in the U.S., and to file a U.S. tax return. Refer to the information below to determine if you are eligible for a SSN and for instructions on how to obtain one.
NOTE: While any individual employed in the U.S. must apply for and obtain an SSN, they can begin working before they receive the SSN.

Directions to the Social Security Office

1029 Camino La Costa

Austin, TX 78752

Phones: 1-866-627-6991 or 1-800-772-1213

Hours: 9 am – 4 pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, & Fri), 9 am – 12 pm (Wed)

For bus routes go to or call 512-474-1200

Screenshot of Google Map of the Social Security Office

Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN)

If you do not currently have a Social Security Number (SSN) and are not currently eligible for an SSN (i.e. you do not have employment), you will need to apply for an ITIN to facilitate payment for scholarships and/or to file your U.S. tax return. If you are a resident alien for tax purposes and your dependent does not currently have an SSN and is not eligible for an SSN, then your dependent will also need to apply for an ITIN to be claimed on your U.S. tax return.

The ITINs are issued by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS). International Student and Scholar Services provides ITIN application assistance, but due to COVID-19 safety protocols needed, ISSS is currently suspending all tax ITIN assistance until further notice. Instead, we ask you to apply directly to the IRS.

Apply for an ITIN via IRS Website

Find comprehensive instructions and forms on the IRS website. If you prefer in-person assistance, or do not have certified copies of your documents, the IRS provides a list of ITIN IRS-authorized Certifying Acceptance Agents.

Documents needed:

  1. Complete the Form W-7
  2. Certified copy of Passport*
  3. Certified copy of visa with date of first entrance to U.S. on current visa*
  4. Letter of nonapproved work authorization from DSO. This letter can be obtained by emailing your request to or your ISSS International Student Advisor.
  5. Copy of I-20 (front and back) or DS-2019
  6. Send by mail Form W-7 and supporting documents to:

    Internal Revenue Service
    ITIN Operation
    P.O. Box 149342

    Austin, TX 78714-9342

*You must either submit certified copies from the issuing agency (your country’s embassy or consulate) or present the documents to a IRS Authorized Certifying Acceptance Agent. 

Texas Global at UT Austin is an IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site that offers free tax assistance to nonresident aliens who need help to prepare their own tax return. This tax season we are not able to provide individual appointments to assist in tax filing. Please email questions to for assistance.

Our tax advising is focused on providing assistance in understanding filing instructions, how to navigate GLACIER Tax Prep, and general questions regarding nonresident taxes. Any specific tax situations that cannot be addressed by our volunteers will need to be discussed with a licensed professional tax advisor.

All volunteers have completed training through the IRS VITA program and as such are protected from liability under the Volunteer Protection Act. The taxpayer is ultimately responsible for the information on their tax returns.