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Applying For a SSN: 10 Business Day Wait & Applying in a Different State?

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Hi everyone,

I have a couple of questions that I either can't find the answers for, or am finding conflicting information on, so any help clarifying would be much appreciated.

My fiance arrives on a K1 visa on April 11th, we are going to city hall in NYC to get married on April 17th (his parents are flying in, so time is of the essence). We really want to apply for his SSN ASAP so it's one less thing to worry about, but I've read that we have to wait 10 business days so he's processed into the system after his POE. But I've also read that because the I-94 is now electronic, it's processed immediately and we don't have to wait. Which information is correct?

My second question - if we have to wait the 10 days before applying: Two days after we're married we are flying to New Orleans to visit family (and so his parents can meet my extended family, etc.) for about a month. If we have to wait 10 business days before filing for a SSN, can we apply for one in the New Orleans SS office despite the fact that I am a NY resident and he will be as well?

I called social security yesterday to get some answers, waited on hold for about 45 minutes and the woman that I finally got through to had NO idea what I was talking about. When I said he was coming in on a K1 fiance visa and explained my whole situation, she asked if he was a refugee and if he already had his work authorization because he would need that to file for a SSN. :bonk:

Thank you so much for any help! :)


K-1 Visa Journey:

Service Center: Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate: London, United Kingdom

Engaged in Greece: 2014-04-20

I-129F Sent: 2014-05-30

NOA1: 2014-06-05

RFE: 2014-11-12

RFE Reply Received: 2014-11-20

NOA2: 2014-12-09

Case Sent to NVC: 2014-12-12

NOA2 Hard Copy Received: 2014-12-16

NVC Received Case: 2014-12-19

NVC Case Number Assigned: 2014-12-19

Case Sent to Consulate: 2014-12-23

Case "Ready" at Consulate: 2015-01-05

Medical: 2015-01-12

Interview: 2015-02-11 APPROVED!!!!!

Visa Received: 2015-02-20 :)

US Entry Date: 2015-04-11

Married at NYC City Hall: 2015-04-17

AOS Journey:

I-485/I-131/I-765 Sent to Chicago Lockbox: 2015-04-23

NOA1: 2015-05-04

RFE: 2015-05-22

Biometrics: 2015-05-26

RFE Reply Received: 2015/07/10

EAD/AP Approved: 2015/08/28

AOS Approved: 2015/11/23 :dancing:

GC Recieved: 2015/12/3 - WRONG DATA!!! :cry:But I passed my NY State drivers test on the same day!

I-90 Filed: 2015/12/4
NOA 1: 2016/1/2
Biometrics: 2016/1/20
Expedite case request: 2016/4/4
Infopass appointment: 2016/4/15
Expedite case approved: 2016/4/20

NEW GC Recieved: 2016/4/27 :)Drivers license 'temp visitor' removed: 2016/5/11 (now a people again!!!)

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You do not need to wait to apply for the SSN. The I-94 is electronic now, which means the SAVE database is updated immediately. The information you are reading about having to wait 2 weeks is from when the I-94's were still on paper.

You can apply at ANY SSA office in the country, as the SSA is federal, not state.


K-1
NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014

 

AOS

NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;

Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  RFE:  07/09/2015;

Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015

 

ROC

05/23/2017 -- Mailed ROC application

05/24/2017 -- NOA1 date

05/30/2017 -- NOA1 received in the mail

06/05/2017 -- Biometrics letter received

06/13/2017 -- Biometrics appointment

09/05/2018 -- Approved without interview!

09/13/2018 -- 10 Yr Green card Received

 

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You do not need to wait to apply for the SSN. The I-94 is electronic now, which means the SAVE database is updated immediately. The information you are reading about having to wait 2 weeks is from when the I-94's were still on paper.

You can apply at ANY SSA office in the country, as the SSA is federal, not state.

Awesome, that just removed the headache I have had for the last few days.

And I knew it was federal and not state, I just needed confirmation to ease my overly stressed mind, hahaha!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! :)


K-1 Visa Journey:

Service Center: Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate: London, United Kingdom

Engaged in Greece: 2014-04-20

I-129F Sent: 2014-05-30

NOA1: 2014-06-05

RFE: 2014-11-12

RFE Reply Received: 2014-11-20

NOA2: 2014-12-09

Case Sent to NVC: 2014-12-12

NOA2 Hard Copy Received: 2014-12-16

NVC Received Case: 2014-12-19

NVC Case Number Assigned: 2014-12-19

Case Sent to Consulate: 2014-12-23

Case "Ready" at Consulate: 2015-01-05

Medical: 2015-01-12

Interview: 2015-02-11 APPROVED!!!!!

Visa Received: 2015-02-20 :)

US Entry Date: 2015-04-11

Married at NYC City Hall: 2015-04-17

AOS Journey:

I-485/I-131/I-765 Sent to Chicago Lockbox: 2015-04-23

NOA1: 2015-05-04

RFE: 2015-05-22

Biometrics: 2015-05-26

RFE Reply Received: 2015/07/10

EAD/AP Approved: 2015/08/28

AOS Approved: 2015/11/23 :dancing:

GC Recieved: 2015/12/3 - WRONG DATA!!! :cry:But I passed my NY State drivers test on the same day!

I-90 Filed: 2015/12/4
NOA 1: 2016/1/2
Biometrics: 2016/1/20
Expedite case request: 2016/4/4
Infopass appointment: 2016/4/15
Expedite case approved: 2016/4/20

NEW GC Recieved: 2016/4/27 :)Drivers license 'temp visitor' removed: 2016/5/11 (now a people again!!!)

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