SEVIS & Social Security Information
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 www.gohrt.com 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).
Local Transportation Information
If you need public transportation to get around the Virginia Beach resort area, other locations in Virginia Beach, or anywhere else around the Hampton Roads area, Hampton Roads Transit is the most affordable.
Hampton Roads Transit’s VB Wave is the easiest way to get around the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The wave runs in season starting in May. In its newly-designed hybrid-electric shuttle, the VB Wave is also fun and inexpensive. http://www.gohrt.com/services/vb-wave/ For bus routes and schedules, please call 757- 222-6100, or for more detailed information visit their website at www.gohrt.com. Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes early. Below are some local taxi companies and phone numbers. Keep in mind, however, that the cost for a taxi is going to be much higher than taking a bus.
- All-City Cab Company: 757-428-8294 (757-428-TAXI)
- Black & White Cabs: 757-855-3334
- Blue and White Taxi: 757-460-4340
Airport Transportation Information
Distant Transportation Information
Travel by Rail
Amtrak train service is available from Norfolk, a neighboring city to Virginia Beach. For more information visit their website at www.amtrak.com or call 757- 245-3589 or (800) 872-7245.-Example one way Fares:
Norfolk VA (NFK) to Washington DC (WAS) $38
Norfolk VA (NFK) to New York City (NYP) $63
Travel by Bus
Greyhound bus system has a location about one mile from the Virginia Beach oceanfront, at Circle D Food Market, 971 Virginia Beach Blvd. For schedule and rates information visit their website at www.greyhound.comor call 757-422-2998 or 800-231-2222.
New York City - If you a looking for an economical way to travel to/from New York City, NY consider taking these options to NYC’s China Town. The cost is around $35 each way.