International Programs Office

Social Security Information

Social Security Administration Location:

1246 Yellowstone, Suite F
Pocatello, Idaho 83201
Phone: (208) 637-2534
The office is accessible via a Pocatello Transit bus. Visit the Pocatello Transit website for route and times.

Information for H-1B Faculty

A Social Security Number is required in order to be employed at Idaho State University. The following steps must be taken in order to obtain a Social Security Number:

  1. Wait to apply at least 10 days after your arrival in the U.S. If you do not wait, you may experience lengthy delays in getting your Social Security Number.
  2. Take the following items to the Social Security Administration office:
    • Completed Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5).
    • Employment Offer Letter from ISU
    • Original I-797 Approval Notice (approval of your H-1B petition)
    • Passport with visa stamp and I-94 card
  3. Please provid an accurate local mailing address in your application so that the mailing of your card is successful.
  4. You should be given a receipt from Social Security. Your card will be mailed within the next 90 days.
  5. Take the following documents to the ISU Human Resource (HR) office:
    • Copy of your ISU Employment Offer Letter
    • Receipt for your Social Security Number application
    • Passport with visa stamp and I-94 card
  6. Once you receive your Social Security Card, you must submit a copy of it to the HR office.