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Be sure to register your United States address in SEVIS as soon as you arrive in the U.S. You should do this BEFORE applying for your Social Security Card.  Registration in SEVIS must happen within twenty (20) days of your arrival into the United States but the sooner that you register, the sooner you can go to the local Social Security office to apply for a Social Security number. Failure to register in SEVIS will result in cancellation of your visa, making it illegal for you to work in the United States. Please follow your visa sponsor’s recommendation on how to register in SEVIS.

Apply for your Social Security Card ten (10) days after enrolling in SEVIS. Please note - if you do not follow this procedure, it can take longer than necessary to get your Social Security Card. You will need the following forms when applying:

Valid passport (not expired or expiring during your stay)
Form I-94 – Arrival/Departure Record, issued when you arrived in the U.S. 
Form DS-2019 – Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status
Job Sponsor’s letter showing you participate in the Exchange Visitor Program
Completed application
Please note all copies must be originals or certified by the issuing agency.  The regional Social Security Administration office address is:

2875 Sabre Street, Suite 100
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Office Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., excluding Federal Holidays. Hampton Roads Transit is the local public transportation.  You can catch the bus from Route 20 to First Colonial Road/Laskin Road and transfer to Route 29 to Lynnhaven Mall.  Schedules can be found online at or call 757-222-6100.  

Once you receive your Social Security Card or Card Application Acknowledgement Letter, you should give a copy of this to your employer.  Depending on employer policy you may have already begun to receive your paycheck.  You are required to have Federal Income Tax and Virginia State Tax withheld from your pay. The taxes you should not pay are as follows:
 - Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid 
Please provide your employer with this information to ensure proper taxes are withheld.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact your J-1 visa sponsor (found on your DS-2019 form). 

Renting - Housing
Do you have a spare room…got a place to rent?  
Renting to a work and travel student is easy.

What do you need?
All rental dwelling units located within the city's Rental Inspection Districts are required to be inspected and a satisfactory Certificate of Compliance issued from the City of Virginia Beach Code Enforcement DivisionA map and list of neighborhoods located within the districts can be accessed from the Code Enforcement webpage at:
These Inspections take about 30 minutes or less.The cost for an inspection is $50. An inspection is good for 1 - 4 years. Is your rental dwelling unit ready for an inspection?Rental dwellings are inspected for compliance with the Virginia Maintenance Code which can be found here: The Code Enforcement Inspection Manual describes what the inspectors look for during these inspections. The manual is located here: If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection for a unit within the Rental Inspection Districts, please contact the Code Enforcement Division: 2424 Courthouse Dr. Municipal Center, Bldg. 18A Virginia Beach, VA  23456 Direct:  (757) 385-4421 | TDD:  (757) 385-5794 | Fax:  (757) 385-5694 Email: What are the most common housing complaints the code enforcement division receives: Rental units are overcrowded - Every living room shall contain at between 120 – 150 square feet. Every bedroom shall contain 70 square feet.  Every bedroom occupied by more than one person shall contain at least 50 square feet of floor space for each person.  Living rooms, dining room and other such areas cannot be used as bedrooms. Rental units occupied without proper utility service - all plumbing fixtures must function properly and be supplied with legal water service; occupied structures must be provided with an approved electrical service. Smoke detectors not present or not functional – smoke detectors are required on each level of the structure and in the hallways outside of the sleeping areas. 

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