Letter Request EForm

This page describes the different types of letters you can request from ISSS.  

Social Security Status Letter

F-1 and J-1 students are eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) up to 30 days before they start employment. A SSN number is required for I-9 purposes. The employer hiring a student must write the student an official offer letter which the student should take to ISSS to obtain a secondary letter. A sample employer offer letter for SSN purposes is available here.

Students are only required to obtain one SSN during their lifetime. A Social Security number does not give a student the legal authority to work. Work authorization is dependent upon a student’s visa status and a student should always consult with ISSS regarding work authorization prior to beginning any employment. Working without appropriate authorization is a serious violation of a student's immigration status which can result in the following: loss of status; accrual of unlawful presence and a potential bar on reentering the US; the need to depart the US; and/or the loss of eligibility for future benefits and statuses.

Please note: For new students, there will be a waiting period of up to 15 days before the Social Security Administration will be able to verify the student's immigration and visa documentation.

"Letters of Ineligibility": if you are applying for a driver's license and need proof that you are ineligible for a SSN because you do not have employment, you should bring the following documentation to the Social Security Administration Office to request a letter of ineligibility: passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019, most recent I-94, and an enrollment verification letter from the Registrar.

Now that you have reviewed and understand all of the above information, you may submit a Social Security Status Letter request form:

1.) Click here to go to the AccessISSS online system. If you are trying to access this page from off-campus, you may first need to establish a secure connection by logging in to the UAlbany VPN (secure network) here with your NetID and password.
2.) Click the "Login" button under the International Student & Scholar AccessISSS Log-In header. To see a screenshot, click here.
3.) Enter your NetID (ex: AA123456) and password.
4.) On the left-hand panel, click "Student Services." To see a screenshot, click here.
5.) Select the "Social Security Status Letter" from the list of forms. To see a screenshot, click here.
6.) Complete the Eform. If you need to return to the form later, click "Save Draft."  You can then find the draft again later under the “Requests” tab on your AccessISSS profile homepage (for a screenshot, click here). If you are done and ready to submit the form for ISSS review, click "Submit." To see a screenshot, click here.
7.) This form will ask you to upload supporting documents. If you need assistance, please review the File Upload Instructions webpage.
8.) All updates regarding your form processing will be communicated over email. Please allow up to 5-7 business days for processing.

Once you receive your letter from ISSS, you can apply for a Social Security Number through the Social Security Administration.  For a list of documents you should bring with you, please click here.

 

Visa Status Letter

If you are renewing your F-1 or J-1 visa in your home country, please first review the page on travel, here.  

Now that you have reviewed and understand all of the above information, you may submit a Visa Status Letter request form:

1.) Click here to go to the AccessISSS online system.
2.) Click the "Login" button under the International Student & Scholar AccessISSS Log-In header. To see a screenshot, click here.
3.) Enter your NetID (ex: AA123456) and password.
4.) On the left-hand panel, click "Student Services." To see a screenshot, click here.
5.) Select "Visa Status Letter" from the list of forms. To see a screenshot, click here.
6.) Complete the Eform. If you need to return to the form later, click "Save Draft."  You can then find the draft again later under the “Requests” tab on your AccessISSS profile homepage (for a screenshot, click here). If you are done and ready to submit the form for ISSS review, click "Submit." To see a screenshot, click here.

7.) All updates regarding your form processing will be communicated over email. Please allow up to 5-7 business days for processing.

 

General Status Letter

If you are requesting proof of enrolled status at the University and are currently registered full-time (i.e. 12 credits for undergraduates, 9 credits for graduate students), you can request an enrollment verification letter form the Registrar.  Instructions for requesting an enrollment verification letter are available here. These types of letters are often requested if you are applying for a tourist visa to another country (for example, a Schengen visa).

If you need a general status letter and are on an authorized reduced course load, or if you need a specific type of letter from ISSS that does not meet the categories listed above, you may submit an E-Form request for a General Status Letter.  Please be detailed about the type of letter you are requesting while completing the form.

Now that you have reviewed and understand all of the above information, you may submit a General Status Letter request form:

1.) Click here to go to the AccessISSS online system.
2.) Click the "Login" button under the International Student & Scholar AccessISSS Log-In header. To see a screenshot, click here.
3.) Enter your NetID (ex: AA123456) and password.
4.) On the left-hand panel, click "Student Services." To see a screenshot, click here.
5.) Select "General Status Letter" from the list of forms. To see a screenshot, click here.
6.) Complete the Eform. If you need to return to the form later, click "Save Draft."  You can then find the draft again later under the “Requests” tab on your AccessISSS profile homepage (for a screenshot, click here). If you are done and ready to submit the form for ISSS review, click "Submit." To see a screenshot, click here.
7.) All updates regarding your form processing will be communicated over email. Please allow up to 5-7 business days for processing.

 

Invitation Letters for Family 

ISSS does not write invitation letters for family visiting the U.S., however we have compiled a instructions to assist family and friends with applying for a tourist visa (B visa).  It includes a template letter students may use to invite family and friends.  

Disclaimer:
The information contained in this web site/form is provided as a service to international students, faculty and staff at the University at Albany. It does not constitute legal advice. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site or form. Neither the University at Albany nor ISSS is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. Nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel; students may wish to consult an immigration attorney on the specifics of their case as needed.