Welcome to UIC! 

Below you will find resources that will help you make the most of your postdoc experience at UIC! 


Important steps upon arriving at UIC


  • For all postdocs
    • Join the listserv: click here
    • Register for the next Postdoc Orientation
    • Get to know your Department Administrative staff - they will help you  to find out where to get your required necessary forms
    • Go to payroll to update your status (809 South Marshfield Ave)
    • Setup a tax orientation appointment
    • Apply for a Social Security Number/Card (SSN). Specific information for Chicago can be found at http://www.ssa.gov/chicago/. Detailed information regarding the requirements and how to apply for a SSN can be found at the homepage of the OIS: https://www.ois.uic.edu/resources/social_security_number/.

      NOTE: In order to apply for a SSN You have to be in the U.S. for at least 10 days and your SEVIS records have to be validated

      The SSN verifies your identity. All information (bank, health insurance, salary etc.) is connected to your SSN. NEVER EVER send it out by email or give it to random people. It takes 1-2 weeks to get your SSN

    • Open a bank account. Please note that UIC and PDA don’t endorse any single bank, financial product or resource.
      Passport is enough to open a bank account, but you have to provide your SSN as soon as you receive it. Your credit history is attached to your SSN.
      Alternative online services for money transfers:
      1. XOOM: https://www.xoom.com
      2. Paypal: https://www.paypal.com
      3. Westernunion: https://www.westernunion.com/us/en/home.html
      4. IMPORTANT: For Credit History and Score please refer to the following site for useful information regarding credit history.
    • Get an i-card (your UIC ID). The i-card is the official UIC photo identification card, can allow access to buildings, and is essential for travel on University transportation: http://idcenter.uic.edu/ 

For additional information please see the following website: https://www.uic.edu/life-at-uic/faculty-and-staff

PDA Disclaimer: PDA is not responsible for the content, completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of every page that you can reach here. We do our best to keep this guide accurate and up-to-date; comments or additions are highly welcome!