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Fiancee is here in the states..... the K 1 flow chart says....get your social security number before getting married and then change the name after marriage. Our local SS office said we can't get a SS number until after we marry on a K 1 visa.... Hows correct?? and Why get before marriage?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Every state has different requirements.. you can get ssn before or after marriage as long as her I-94 is valid.. I applied for my SSN after our marriage so that we don't have to come twice at SS office.. We saved time and gas.. Lol!!

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Nigeria
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You can get one before marriage, but since there is a name change involved, I would do it after marriage. Just make sure you wait at least 2 weeks after POE so that she will be in the system.


08/01/12-Married08/17/12-Applied for Social Security Card09/23/12-Husband received his Social Security card!09/27/12-Filed AOS09/28/12-AOS package received10/01/12-Text message from USCIS10/03/12-Check cashed10/09/12-NOA1 for I485,I765,I131 AND Biometrics Appointment Letter10/24/12-Biometrics Appointment12/11/12-EAD and AP Approved-75 days12/14/12-EAD/AP Card Production ordered12/21/12-EAD/AP Card came in the mail06/22/13-Green Card Approved06/27/13-Greed Card Production Ordered06/29/13-Green Card came in the mail<p>

04/09/15-Mailed ROC

04/10/2015-Package received

04/14/2015-Check cashed

06/02/2015-Called Service Center (still no NOA1) Service request found out wrong address on paperwork! :(

06/03/2015-Called to get address updated Ar11 online add change didnt work-got infopass for June 10th

06/10/2015-Went to info pass appt. Hubby got a 1yr. Extension stamp in his passport and biometrics done

08/12/2015-ROC Approved. Got letter in the mail.

08/29/2015-received new card in the mail.

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Filed: IR-5 Country: Philippines
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I got mine the same day I arrived in US and before I got married. Then, I went back after I got married to change my name. Then, I went back when I got my green card. Then, I went back after I became a citizen. They turned me down as well during my first try but I had printed a page from the Social Security website saying that I only needed an I-94 and a passport so she went to go talked to her supervisor. Five minutes later, she continued processing my social security card. Try printing this, http://www.ssa.gov/immigration/visa.htm and this http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/576/~/request-an-original-social-security-number-with-k-1-status. If it fails, try another social security office.

Non-citizen

Social Security will ask to see evidence of your current immigration status. Acceptable documents include:

  • Form I-551 (includes machine-readable immigrant visa) with unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 with unexpired foreign passport
  • I-766 work permit from DHS


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2008-08-16 Sent N-400

2008-08-18 Application Received

2008-08-19 Check Cashed

2008-09-18 Biometrics

2008-12-09 Interview

2009-01-XX Oath (Yay! I'm a citizen)

==========================

07/19 - NOA2 approval

08/20 - Case received at NVC

08/23 - emailed DS-3022

08/25 - mailed AOS

08/27 - received AOS

08/31 - AOS Accepted

09/04 - Received confirmation of DS-3022

09/05 - Received IV invoice

09/05 - Pay IV bill

09/06 - IV showed as paid

09/06 - Send DS-230 packet

09/10 - Received DS-230 packet by NVC

09/17 - DS-230 Accepted/Case Complete

09/28 - Transfer to Manila Embassy

10/02 - Medical Exam at St. Luke's

10/08- 10/10 - Sputum Test

10/09 - Received by Manila Embassy

10/12 - Result of Sputum Test (Need to repeat)

10/16-10/18 - Repeat Sputum Test (Negative)

12/13 - Sputum Final Result (Negative)

12/21 - Interview at Embassy (Approved)

12/28 - Visa Picked Up from 2GO

12/28 - CFO

12/30 - POE (LAX)

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Our local SS office said we can't get a SS number until after we marry on a K 1 visa...

Why get a Social Security number before marriage?

The clerk at the Social Security office is wrong. Speak to their supervisor, or go to another office. Print this out and take it with you.

Getting a SS number before marriage gives you a head start on laying the groundwork for adjusting your status.

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Every state has different requirements.. you can get ssn before or after marriage as long as her I-94 is valid.. I applied for my SSN after our marriage so that we don't have to come twice at SS office.. We saved time and gas.. Lol!!

Every state? Its Federal. If guy/gal behind the counter has a different opinion its because they actually don't have a clue what the regulations states.

Edited by Hank_

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Filed: Other Country: Philippines
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Fiancee is here in the states..... the K 1 flow chart says....get your social security number before getting married and then change the name after marriage. Our local SS office said we can't get a SS number until after we marry on a K 1 visa.... Hows correct?? and Why get before marriage?

Thanks

My wife waited until after we were married and got it in her married name... less dicking around. :blush: Of course we were married within a month of getting home. Don't see the connection with AOS as you don't need your SSI number to start that process.

BTW the person you talked to at your local office is an under-educated idiot, that doesn't know the requirements.

Edited by Hank_

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I got mine the same day I arrived in US and before I got married. Then, I went back after I got married to change my name. Then, I went back when I got my green card. Then, I went back after I became a citizen. They turned me down as well during my first try but I had printed a page from the Social Security website saying that I only needed an I-94 and a passport so she went to go talked to her supervisor. Five minutes later, she continued processing my social security card. Try printing this, http://www.ssa.gov/immigration/visa.htm and this http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/576/~/request-an-original-social-security-number-with-k-1-status. If it fails, try another social security office.

Non-citizen

Social Security will ask to see evidence of your current immigration status. Acceptable documents include:

  • Form I-551 (includes machine-readable immigrant visa) with unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 with unexpired foreign passport
  • I-766 work permit from DHS

I worked for a law firm before doing social security claims. The person you spoke to is like the office's first level. She probably did not know anything yet or a new hire. The front desk is usually a training ground. Good call about bring the necessary requirements. :thumbs:

I agree with others, I plan to do after marriage since it is a waste of time to keep going back. It's not like you will need SS immediately. It is best when you are about to look for a job in my opinion.

Edited by neodragon0l

1/18/2013 - Married

3/5/2013 - Filed AOS, EAD & AP

3/7/2013 - USCIS Chicago rec'd applications

3/12/2013 - USCIS sends NOA1 email

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I worked for a law firm before doing social security claims. The person you spoke to is like the office's first level. She probably did not know anything yet or a new hire. The front desk is usually a training ground. Good call about bring the necessary requirements. :thumbs:

I agree with others, I plan to do after marriage since it is a waste of time to keep going back. It's not like you will need SS immediately. It is best when you are about to look for a job in my opinion.

I needed a social security number so that my husband could add me to his bank accounts so we planned to get one right away. We both knew that I wouldn't be able to get a job for a few months since I had to wait for my EAD. So, I had lots of time. Most people would probably think I'm weird but I enjoyed going to the Social Security Office, DMV, banks and Philippine Embassy (amended passport to married name), spent several hours reading the tax code while waiting for my EAD. I felt I was assimilating and getting used to the way things are done here. It was good to have everything taken care of because once I had a job there wasn't any time to do anything else. My credit score was over 700 within 4 months of my arrival. I got my first credit card offer in the mail within 4 months. So, the best time to get a social security number would depend on what the OP is planning to do with it.


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2008-08-16 Sent N-400

2008-08-18 Application Received

2008-08-19 Check Cashed

2008-09-18 Biometrics

2008-12-09 Interview

2009-01-XX Oath (Yay! I'm a citizen)

==========================

07/19 - NOA2 approval

08/20 - Case received at NVC

08/23 - emailed DS-3022

08/25 - mailed AOS

08/27 - received AOS

08/31 - AOS Accepted

09/04 - Received confirmation of DS-3022

09/05 - Received IV invoice

09/05 - Pay IV bill

09/06 - IV showed as paid

09/06 - Send DS-230 packet

09/10 - Received DS-230 packet by NVC

09/17 - DS-230 Accepted/Case Complete

09/28 - Transfer to Manila Embassy

10/02 - Medical Exam at St. Luke's

10/08- 10/10 - Sputum Test

10/09 - Received by Manila Embassy

10/12 - Result of Sputum Test (Need to repeat)

10/16-10/18 - Repeat Sputum Test (Negative)

12/13 - Sputum Final Result (Negative)

12/21 - Interview at Embassy (Approved)

12/28 - Visa Picked Up from 2GO

12/28 - CFO

12/30 - POE (LAX)

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I needed a social security number so that my husband could add me to his bank accounts so we planned to get one right away. We both knew that I wouldn't be able to get a job for a few months since I had to wait for my EAD. So, I had lots of time. Most people would probably think I'm weird but I enjoyed going to the Social Security Office, DMV, banks and Philippine Embassy (amended passport to married name), spent several hours reading the tax code while waiting for my EAD. I felt I was assimilating and getting used to the way things are done here. It was good to have everything taken care of because once I had a job there wasn't any time to do anything else. My credit score was over 700 within 4 months of my arrival. I got my first credit card offer in the mail within 4 months. So, the best time to get a social security number would depend on what the OP is planning to do with it.

Hehe, it's actually not weird at all. That's like knowing how U.S. works and lets you get adjust into the country. I know someone who would walk around the block the first week he arrived the U.S. and then moved towards two blocks. Then taking the bus. Everybody adjusts to their environment differently.

By any chance, are you an accountant? The attorneys I work with say that the U.S. tax code is like a big can of worms once you start analyzing it. I am not so sure who read the tax code for leisure. hehe


1/18/2013 - Married

3/5/2013 - Filed AOS, EAD & AP

3/7/2013 - USCIS Chicago rec'd applications

3/12/2013 - USCIS sends NOA1 email

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Fiancee is here in the states..... the K 1 flow chart says....get your social security number before getting married and then change the name after marriage. Our local SS office said we can't get a SS number until after we marry on a K 1 visa.... Hows correct?? and Why get before marriage?

Thanks

We got married about 6 weeks after she got here. I did not really see any point in getting it before we got married then having to make another trip to the SS office. Nothing much to be gained by doing it before your married other than feeling like your one step further along the journey. You can open bank accounts etc with a Taxpayer Id number.

You don't need your SSN to start your AOS, and getting it before you get married is not going to help speed up your AOS>

My companies insurance company BBS tried to refuse sign up without a SSN. After a very tersely worried E-mail explaining the law the caved in.

Edited by Run Herschel Run

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Hehe, it's actually not weird at all. That's like knowing how U.S. works and lets you get adjust into the country. I know someone who would walk around the block the first week he arrived the U.S. and then moved towards two blocks. Then taking the bus. Everybody adjusts to their environment differently.

By any chance, are you an accountant? The attorneys I work with say that the U.S. tax code is like a big can of worms once you start analyzing it. I am not so sure who read the tax code for leisure. hehe

:ot:

I am an Engineer. I believe in Pareto principle which states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. If I spend the same amount of time reading the tax code versus scrounging the net for coupons, I'd save more money learning about tax deductions and credits than getting a dollar off or here on grocery items. Lots of rich people have lower income rate than average people like us because they have accountants who know the system. I cannot afford to hire multitude of accountants so I just read them myself. :)


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2008-08-16 Sent N-400

2008-08-18 Application Received

2008-08-19 Check Cashed

2008-09-18 Biometrics

2008-12-09 Interview

2009-01-XX Oath (Yay! I'm a citizen)

==========================

07/19 - NOA2 approval

08/20 - Case received at NVC

08/23 - emailed DS-3022

08/25 - mailed AOS

08/27 - received AOS

08/31 - AOS Accepted

09/04 - Received confirmation of DS-3022

09/05 - Received IV invoice

09/05 - Pay IV bill

09/06 - IV showed as paid

09/06 - Send DS-230 packet

09/10 - Received DS-230 packet by NVC

09/17 - DS-230 Accepted/Case Complete

09/28 - Transfer to Manila Embassy

10/02 - Medical Exam at St. Luke's

10/08- 10/10 - Sputum Test

10/09 - Received by Manila Embassy

10/12 - Result of Sputum Test (Need to repeat)

10/16-10/18 - Repeat Sputum Test (Negative)

12/13 - Sputum Final Result (Negative)

12/21 - Interview at Embassy (Approved)

12/28 - Visa Picked Up from 2GO

12/28 - CFO

12/30 - POE (LAX)

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