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My wife never applied for a Social Security number before her I-94 number expired, and at the time you guys advised me that she could wait until later. I don't remember if you guys said she can wait until after she gets her Employment Card, or if she has to get a job first, and then apply for a Social Security number. She currently has the Employment Card. Is it as simple as walking into a Social Security office and just asking for a SS #?

Also, now that she has the employment card, could I take her to places like Target, have her show the card, and hope she gets hired? Or will she need that Social Security number? What else besides The Employment Authorization card does she need to show to employers in order to get hired?

I am a US Citizen and she is a Japanese citizen currently living in New York City with me.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Argentina
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My wife never applied for a Social Security number before her I-94 number expired, and at the time you guys advised me that she could wait until later. I don't remember if you guys said she can wait until after she gets her Employment Card, or if she has to get a job first, and then apply for a Social Security number. She currently has the Employment Card. Is it as simple as walking into a Social Security office and just asking for a SS #?

Also, now that she has the employment card, could I take her to places like Target, have her show the card, and hope she gets hired? Or will she need that Social Security number? What else besides The Employment Authorization card does she need to show to employers in order to get hired?

I am a US Citizen and she is a Japanese citizen currently living in New York City with me.

The EAD should be enough to get her SSN. The SSC should arrive in the mail within 2-4 weeks. She cannot work in the US without a SSN, so you'll need to wait for that to show up.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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My wife never applied for a Social Security number before her I-94 number expired, and at the time you guys advised me that she could wait until later. I don't remember if you guys said she can wait until after she gets her Employment Card, or if she has to get a job first, and then apply for a Social Security number. She currently has the Employment Card. Is it as simple as walking into a Social Security office and just asking for a SS #?

Also, now that she has the employment card, could I take her to places like Target, have her show the card, and hope she gets hired? Or will she need that Social Security number? What else besides The Employment Authorization card does she need to show to employers in order to get hired?

I am a US Citizen and she is a Japanese citizen currently living in New York City with me.

The EAD should be enough to get her SSN. The SSC should arrive in the mail within 2-4 weeks. She cannot work in the US without a SSN, so you'll need to wait for that to show up.

This is the experience my wife had. 1 month after she arrive she went to the SS office and applied for her SS# and she had to bring her valid passport, and a valid I-94 receipt. She got her card with no problems. Now after we got married we went back to the SS office to get her name changed on her SS card and had to print out another I-94 receipt ( cause you have to do this everytime you go to ss office) and it was within 2 weeks of the I-94 expiring so they couldn't change her name on the card. Now im not sure if she has to wait until she gets her green card to get her name change on her card or if the EAD card is good enough along with the marriage certificate to show the name change cause the SS card now has her maiden name. Please let me know how this works out for you so we know what to do as well. Thanks

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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My wife never applied for a Social Security number before her I-94 number expired, and at the time you guys advised me that she could wait until later. I don't remember if you guys said she can wait until after she gets her Employment Card, or if she has to get a job first, and then apply for a Social Security number. She currently has the Employment Card. Is it as simple as walking into a Social Security office and just asking for a SS #?

Also, now that she has the employment card, could I take her to places like Target, have her show the card, and hope she gets hired? Or will she need that Social Security number? What else besides The Employment Authorization card does she need to show to employers in order to get hired?

I am a US Citizen and she is a Japanese citizen currently living in New York City with me.

Found the answer for both of us: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/518285-ssn-in-maiden-name-aosead-in-married-name-employment-problems/

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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*** Thread moved from the main AOS/Family-Based forum to the "Working & Traveling" forum -- topic involves working rather than an AOS issue. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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