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Social Security Number

Social Security Number

Social Security Number

J-1's are eligible to apply for a permanent social security number whether funded by UK or not.  Once you have completed your check-in through iCAT, your record will be reviewed and validated by your J-1 Advisor.  At that point, you will receive a confirmation email with details regarding the social security number and the earliest date that you can apply.  That date reflects the required 10 day waiting period required by The Social Security Administration.  Failure to wait 10 days can result in delays to obtain your social security card. 

Please be sure that your name is visible on the mailbox for delivery.  It is also strongly recommend that you do not move to a new apartment or home after applying for the social security number since social security cards are not forwarded to a new address.  The card will ultimately be returned to the social security office which will cause delays in you receiving it.   

The wait time to receive a social security card varies from a few weeks to a few months. 

Below you will find further information on how to get to the Social Security Administration office.

Materials Needed

  • Passport

  • DS-2019

  • Printed I-94 to apply for the social security number.

  • If you are a Student Intern, you will also require a letter from my office verifying your status. E-mail several days prior to your planned visit.

Social Security Office


Social Security Administration 
Suite 110 
2241 Buena Vista Rd. 
Lexington, Kentucky 40505   

Phone: 1-866-530-7754 

Directions by bus: 
You can take the city bus by going to the LEXTRAN Transit Center on 220 Vine Street in downtown Lexington.  Take Bus Route #10.  Ask the driver to let you off at the Social Security Office.  It is an approximate 10 to 15 minute bus ride from the Transit Center to the Social Security Office on Executive Drive.  The driver will turn left onto Executive Drive.  You can either get off at 2260 Executive Drive or at the intersection of Buena Vista Rd. and Thunderstick Dr. The Social Security Office is a short walk away from the bus stop. 

For the return trip, go to the bus stop at 2260 Executive Drive.  There is a blue sign with a white bus to help mark the bus pick-up location. Please visit for more information regarding route times and cost. 

You will need the following documents to present to the Social Security officer:  Passport, DS-2019 and I-94 card