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Can NRA apply for SSN to build credit score?

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Hi everybody,

My husband is the US Citizen and I am a Non Resident Alien.

We were planning on flying taxes jointly for 2012 and applying for my INIT by sending the W-7 form to declare me a resident for tax purposes.

I am flying to the US next month and I was wondering if I could apply for a Social Security Number before having a Green Card?

I do not meet the requirements listed here, but I was wondering if anyone knows a way/loophole to jump through? I would like to build my credit score if possible even before I get there. :whistle:

I tried to research a bit both here on the forums and Google but I did not find anything.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!


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*** Moving from CR-1 to SSN forum ***

No, you cannot apply for an SSN just as a visitor, you would need a visa which allows you to get a SSN, such as a work visa or your spousal visa.

Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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