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.

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 in order to facilitate payment for scholarships and/or to file your U.S. tax return. If you are from a country that allows you to claim dependents (Canada, Mexico, South Korea or India) or 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 tax return.

To Apply for an ITIN via ISSS:

  1. Schedule an appointment to meet with the tax advisor.
  2. Bring the following documents to your appointment
    • Passpot
    • Your most recent U.S. entry visa
    • I20 (F-1 visa holders)/ DS-2019 (J-1 visa holders)

Note: If the ITIN application is to claim a dependent, your dependent(s) must be present during the appointment if they are able to sign documents for themselves. ITIN applications can only be facilitated for F, J, or M visa holders.

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.

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.