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Can you work with an EAD but without a social security #?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Isle of Man
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My SO entered the country Thursday, January 8th and we applied for her social security # Friday, January 9th. The guy working there said they have to verify her information and she should receive a letter in about a month, which will say that the social security # is on the way. He wasn't an immigration specialist but when I asked him if my SO could work without having the social security # he said to show the employer a document that he gave me which has her full name and address and says:

"Before we can issue you a Social Security number card, we must verify the document(s) you gave us to show your citizenship or alien status with the Federal, State, or local office in the United States that issued the document(s). This may take up to four weeks."

Can she work before having an SS #?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Zambia
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Yes, it is possible to work without the SSN but the employer can't add her to the payroll until the number is available. The SSN is not a work permit---a work permit (EAD) is issued by the USCIS.

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My SO entered the country Thursday, January 8th and we applied for her social security # Friday, January 9th. The guy working there said they have to verify her information and she should receive a letter in about a month, which will say that the social security # is on the way.

There is a 3 step process in verifying an individual's immigration status to assign an SSN. First is an initial verification while you are at the office. I'm assuming that didn't verify. The next is a secondary electronic verification request and those normally provide a response within a week. If the response requests to see a copy of the immigration document(s) a photocopy of the front and back of the document is mailed along with form G-845 for verification and then it's mailed back to SSA.

I would find out if the initial verification failed and why, since you can have a one letter error with your name and still be acceptable. If the secondary electronic verification needs to be submitted, was it submitted and has a response been received. If copies were request, has the G-845 been sent.

Once the secondary request has been submitted give it a week and check back to see if a response has been received. If no response is received, make sure they call to see what's the problem. If the G-845 is sent, give it a couple weeks and check back once a week.

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