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After naturalization is it necessary to change the status of your social security number BEFORE applying for a passport? Does the social security number stay the same or do they change it?


N-400, Application for Naturalization

February 21, 2009- Mailed to Arizona lockbox - DAY 1

February 23, 2009 - Delivered (priority date) - DAY 3

March 2, 2009 - Check cashed (do not see case number on check) - DAY 10

March 3, 2009 - Check posted to account - DAY 11

March 5, 2009 - NOA (receipt) (case transferred to National Benefits Center) - DAY 13

March 9, 2009 - NOA (Biometrics appointment received) - DAY 17

March 20, 2009 - Biometrics Completed - DAY 28

March 21, 2009 - Biometrics Appointment - DAY 29

April 23, 2009 - Interview Letter Received - DAY 62

June 9, 2009 - Interview (Approved) - DAY 109

July 15, 2009 - Oath Ceremony - DAY 145 (4 months 25 days)

August 11, 2009 - Received Passport

October 6, 2015 - Update: Still happily married...

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Hi Waiting4visas,

I asked a similar question awhile ago on VJ, as I wasn't sure about the answer myself either. And from the answers I received, from other Vjers, the answer to your questions would be:

No, you don't have to change your social security number, or the actual card itself, as that stays with you for the rest of your life in the USA, just like any other US Citizen and/or Permanent Resident.

However, you have to inform social security of your new US Citizenship status, as that can have an affect on many things while you are here in the USA. After all, one uses their social security number so much around here for so many things....

If I were you, I would inform social security of your new citizenship status, in case the passport office cross-references your immigration status with the SSA. It shouldn't take too long to do, and you can probably get it done in a day or so, by just showing them your naturalization certificate and other identification. This is what I plan to do as soon as I'm done with oath ceremony....

As for apply for a passport, you can do that probably at the same time or shortly afterwards. And based on what I read, you should get your passport within a few weeks after applying for it. However, you have to send in your original naturalization certificate in the mail, no photocopies, for that (yet another reason why to do the other stuff first, and then apply for a passport).

Hope this helps. Good luck on the rest of your immigration journey too.

Ant

After naturalization is it necessary to change the status of your social security number BEFORE applying for a passport? Does the social security number stay the same or do they change it?
Edited by AntandD

**Ant's 1432.gif1502.gif "Once Upon An American Immigration Journey" Condensed Timeline...**

2000 (72+ Months) "Loved": Long-Distance Dating Relationship. D Visited Ant in Canada.

2006 (<1 Month) "Visited": Ant Visited D in America. B-2 Visa Port of Entry Interrogation.

2006 (<1 Month) "Married": Wedding Elopement. Husband & Wife, D and Ant !! Together Forever!

2006 ( 3 Months I-485 Wait) "Adjusted": 2-Years Green Card.

2007 ( 2 Months) "Numbered": SSN Card.

2007 (<1 Months) "Licensed": NYS 4-Years Driver's License.

2009 (10 Months I-751 Wait) "Removed": 10-Years 5-Months Green Card.

2009 ( 9 Months Baby Wait) "Expected": Baby. It's a Boy, Baby A !!! We Are Family, Ant+D+BabyA !

2009 ( 4 Months) "Moved": New House Constructed and Moved Into.

2009 ( 2 Months N-400 Wait) "Naturalized": US Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization. Goodbye USCIS!!!!

***Ant is a Naturalized American Citizen!!***: November 23, 2009 (Private Oath Ceremony: USCIS Office, Buffalo, NY, USA)

2009 (<1 Month) "Secured": US Citizen SSN Card.

2009 (<1 Month) "Enhanced": US Citizen NYS 8-Years Enhanced Driver's License. (in lieu of a US Passport)

2010 ( 1 Month) "Voted": US Citizen NYS Voter's Registration Card.

***~~~"The End...And the Americans, Ant+D+BabyA, lived 'Happily Ever After'!"...~~~***

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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I applied for my passport first. I didn't have time to go to both offices (post office and Social Security Office) the same day and getting my passport fast was just a much higher priority for me. After I got my naturalization certificate back, I went to the Social Security Office and updated my status there. No problem at all. The SSN stays the same, but you get a new social security card anyways.

I have heard from people who went to the Social Security Office right after the oath and who couldn't update their status because the officer couldn't confirm their naturalization yet. Sometime the certificate is not sufficient, they also check their system and usually it takes USCIS about 10 days to update the info.

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Hi Everyone,

By the way here is the VJ Guides answer to this SSA/Citizenship question and other Citizenship questions:

http://www.visajourney.com/faq/k1k2visa-na...zation.html#8.3

8.3)...Special Note: Be sure to notify the Social Security Administration after Naturalization

Note....Go to your SSA office after your Naturalization and show them your Naturilazation Certificate so that the SSA computer system knows you are a citizen so that when other government agencies try to confirm your citizenship status with the SSA they can actually confirm it instead of saying you aren't one, thus resulting in your having to go through additional time and trouble in order to prove it to a whole bunch of different people/agencies

Hope this helps too. Thanks to VJ administration (Captain Ewok?) for those answers too!

Ant

Edited by AntandD

**Ant's 1432.gif1502.gif "Once Upon An American Immigration Journey" Condensed Timeline...**

2000 (72+ Months) "Loved": Long-Distance Dating Relationship. D Visited Ant in Canada.

2006 (<1 Month) "Visited": Ant Visited D in America. B-2 Visa Port of Entry Interrogation.

2006 (<1 Month) "Married": Wedding Elopement. Husband & Wife, D and Ant !! Together Forever!

2006 ( 3 Months I-485 Wait) "Adjusted": 2-Years Green Card.

2007 ( 2 Months) "Numbered": SSN Card.

2007 (<1 Months) "Licensed": NYS 4-Years Driver's License.

2009 (10 Months I-751 Wait) "Removed": 10-Years 5-Months Green Card.

2009 ( 9 Months Baby Wait) "Expected": Baby. It's a Boy, Baby A !!! We Are Family, Ant+D+BabyA !

2009 ( 4 Months) "Moved": New House Constructed and Moved Into.

2009 ( 2 Months N-400 Wait) "Naturalized": US Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization. Goodbye USCIS!!!!

***Ant is a Naturalized American Citizen!!***: November 23, 2009 (Private Oath Ceremony: USCIS Office, Buffalo, NY, USA)

2009 (<1 Month) "Secured": US Citizen SSN Card.

2009 (<1 Month) "Enhanced": US Citizen NYS 8-Years Enhanced Driver's License. (in lieu of a US Passport)

2010 ( 1 Month) "Voted": US Citizen NYS Voter's Registration Card.

***~~~"The End...And the Americans, Ant+D+BabyA, lived 'Happily Ever After'!"...~~~***

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