AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).
ACTION: Final rules.
SUMMARY: We are revising our rules for assigning
SSNs to foreign academic students in Department of Homeland Security (DHS, which
has subsumed most of the various functions of the former Immigration and Naturalization
Service or INS) classification status F-1 (referred to throughout this preamble
as F-1 students). Specifically, we are requiring additional evidence for F-1
students who are applying for SSNs. Like all other applicants, an F-1 student
must provide SSA with evidence of age, identity, immigration status, and work
authorization. In addition, unless the F-1 student has an employment authorization
document (EAD) from DHS or is authorized by the F-1 student's school for curricular
practical training (CPT), the F-1 student must provide evidence that he or she
has been authorized by the school to work and has secured employment or a promise
of employment before we will assign an SSN. These rules will further enhance
the integrity of SSA's enumeration processes for assigning SSNs by reducing
the proliferation of SSNs used for purposes that are not related to work and
thereby decreasing the potential for SSN fraud and misuse.