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New I-94 procedure
From April 30, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin implementing a paperless I-94 procedure at U.S. air and sea ports of entry.

FSIS's holiday schedule
FSIS will close from December 25 and will reopen on January 2.

EB immigrant visa availability
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Social Security Numbers & Identification Cards


 

Social Security Number

Hawaii Driver’s License

Hawaii State Identification Card



Social Security Number [top]

Social Security is the U.S. government’s social insurance plan intended to benefit retired people and others who are disabled, injured or left without adequate financial support. Social Security is financed from both an employee’s pay and an employer’s contributions. Nearly all Americans have a Social Security Number (SSN), which is an official identification number used for tax and employment purposes.

ALL international employees in H-1B, O-1, TN, practical training or any other employment status must have SSNs in order to receive wages from UH.
Most J-1 visitors, including UH stipend recipients, will require SSNs immediately upon arriving at UH if they do not already have one. Certain international visitors who have non-compensated appointments may choose to apply for SSNs.

SSNs can only be obtained in the U.S. from the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA offices are located on all major islands in Honolulu, Līhu‘e, Wailuku, and Hilo. Unofficial identification numbers issued by UH (coded with initial digits 990 or 999) cannot be used for tax or employment purposes. You must obtain an SSN so tax documents can be properly filed.

Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN): The SSA will issue SSNs only to individuals authorized to work in the U.S. If you are not eligible for an SSN, you may obtain an ITIN for tax purposes from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Apply for an ITIN using IRS Form W-7. Form W-7 and the instructions are available on the IRS website.

Visitors in B-1 or WB and B-2 or WT statuses are not eligible for SSNs. If a B-1/B-2/WB/WT visitor does not have an SSN obtained during a prior U.S. visit, he/she may be required to obtain an ITIN instead.


WHEN TO APPLY

J-1 Exchange Visitors: Apply for an SSN no earlier than 10 business days after you arrive in the U.S. and after you complete your registration with FSIS.

If you apply for an SSN less than 10 business days after you arrive in the U.S., your legal entry in J status may not yet be entered in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAVE database, which is the primary source the SSA uses to verify your immigration status. A secondary source the SSA can use to verify your status is the Los Angeles Immigration Status Verification (LOSISV) unit. However, in order for the LOSISV unit to verify your immigration status, your SEVIS record must be validated by FSIS. FSIS will only validate your SEVIS record after you have completed the registration process. For more information, see the USCIS Fact Sheet for J Nonimmigrants: Getting a Social Security Number.

J-2 Dependents: J-2 dependents may obtain SSNs if they first obtain valid work permission or if they acquire their own work visa status.

H-1B, TN, & O-1 Employees: Apply for an SSN no earlier than 10 business days after you arrive in the U.S. to ensure that your legal entry is entered in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAVE database, which is the source the SSA uses to verify your immigration status. H-1B, TN, and O-1 employees do not have SEVIS records and are not required to register with FSIS before applying for an SSN card.


WHERE TO APPLY

Social Security Administration

Oahu: Federal Building, Rm 1-114, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96850 (corner of Ala Moana Blvd. & Punchbowl St.). Take Bus #6 (Ala Moana Center-Pauoa) makai-bound (toward the ocean). Get off at Queen and Punchbowl Streets. Walk one block makai. Return to UH Manoa by Bus #6 (University or Woodlawn).

Big Island: 111 E Puainako St., Suite 710 (at the Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza next to the phone center across from Macy's Women's Store)

Other islands: See www.ssa.gov for SSA office locations.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)

Phone: 800-772-1213 (toll-free number)

Web: www.ssa.gov


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must apply in person and bring these documents:

  • Completed SS-5 application form (available at any SSA office and on the SSA website)
  • Passport
  • USCIS employment authorization (e.g. EAD, I-797 approval notice) or evidence of UH employment (e.g. J-1 invitation letter, employment offer letter)
  • All immigration documents (DS-2019 or I-797A or I-20 AND I-94)

Cost: None

You must submit original or certified documents with your application. Non-certified or notarized photocopies will not be accepted. The SSA should return all documents to you.



Hawaii Driver's License [top]

WHERE TO APPLY

City & County of Honolulu Motor Vehicle and Licensing Division
Main Driver’s License Office
1199 Dillingham Boulevard, A-101 (Corner of Dillingham Blvd. & Kohou St.)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45 am - 4:00 pm (closed on state and federal holidays)
Phone: (808) 532-7730

Directions: Take Bus #6 (Ala Moana Center-Pauoa) makai-bound (toward the ocean). Get off at Queen and Punchbowl Streets. Walk one block mauka (toward the mountains). Return to UH Manoa by Bus #6 (University or Woodlawn).

Hawaii County (Big Island) driver licensing information

Kauai County driver licensing information

Maui County driver licensing information


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must apply in person and bring these documents:

  • Social Security Card OR a Social Security Administration letter stating that you are ineligible to obtain a Social Security Number
  • A government-issued photo identification document, such as a passport or out-of-state driver's license
  • USCIS employment authorization (e.g. EAD, I-797 approval notice) or evidence of UH employment (e.g. J-1 invitation letter, employment offer letter)
  • All immigration documents (DS-2019 or I-797A or I-20 AND I-94)

Cost: Payable by cash, personal check, or traveler’s check

  • Written test: $2.00
  • 2-year license: $10.00
  • 4-year license: $20.00
  • 8-year license: $40.00

You must surrender all valid driver's licenses in your possession in order to obtain a Hawaii driver's license.



Hawaii State Identification Card [top]

WHERE TO APPLY

City & County of Honolulu Motor Vehicle and Licensing Division
Main Driver’s License Office
1199 Dillingham Boulevard, A-101 (Corner of Dillingham Blvd. & Kohou St.)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45 am - 4:00 pm (closed on state and federal holidays)
Phone: (808) 532-7730

Directions: Take Bus #6 (Ala Moana Center-Pauoa) makai-bound (toward the ocean). Get off at Queen and Punchbowl Streets. Walk one block mauka (toward the mountains). Return to UH Manoa by Bus #6 (University or Woodlawn).

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must apply in person and bring these documents:

Non-U.S. Citizens:
Social Security Card OR a Social Security Administration letter stating that you are ineligible to obtain a Social Security Number AND the following:

  • Permanent Resident Card OR valid passport with a valid visa, DS-2019 or 1-797A or I-20, AND I-94 AND
  • Proof of residential address on TWO different documents:
    • Utility bill
    • Bank account statement
    • Driver's license
    • Vehicle registration
    • Medical card issued by a health insurance agency
    • Other document with address and name on it (see list)

U.S. Citizens: Social Security Card AND one of the following:

  • Certified U.S. birth certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship or naturalization
  • Certificate for a child born abroad to American parents

U.S. Nationals: Social Security Card AND birth certificate with certificate of identity.

Cost: Payable with cash, personal check, or traveler's check

  • 64 years and younger: $20.00
  • 65 years and older: $15.00

All documents must be originals or certified copies. All documents must be in the same name. If there is a difference in name, bring your marriage certificate, divorce decree, decree of legal change of name, or other official proof of your name change. State ID cards can be issued with an alternate ID number instead of a Social Security Number if desired.

 

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