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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil

Ok, 5 days after my husband's arrival in the US, we went to the local SS office to apply for his card. They said there was already a pending application, but they couldn't give us any information on the status. They said we needed to contact USCIS. So, I called USCIS and they said they don't have that kind of information, and needed to contact SSA. So I called the toll free number for SSA and they said they can't give any information over the phone, and there is no way to check the "pending" application, and that I needed to contact my local office...and it just goes around and around....AHHHHH :bonk:

I have a general information letter that says [my husband] should receive his ss card WITHIN 3 weeks of arrival into the US. If you haven't received it by this time, call the toll free number for SSA.

Well, we did that....some B**** just argued with me, and knew NOTHING! :bonk::ranting: I think he'll get his greencard before his ss card. But the thing is, with a CR1, he is LEGAL to work, and the employer won't hire him until he holds his card in hand!! (It's not the damn number that gives someone legality to work...it's the visa!!) So, we're stressing out, becuase he has a job lined up, and they're ready to start him, but can't until the card comes....(i showed them an answer to this question from the SSA website.) They said, that payroll can't do anything until the card comes. We need that second income NOW! :crying:

Has anything similar happened to anyone? Should we expect his card soon? And who in the hell in the stupid SSA knows any answers?! :protest:

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I don't know when your husband will get his card, but perhaps you could have the potential employer review this information from the SSA website:

"What are an employer's responsibilities when hiring foreign workers who don't have Social Security numbers

"Advise workers that they are required to apply for a Social Security number and card. If a worker applied for but has not yet received a Social Security number, you should get the following information as complete as possible: The worker's full name, address, date of birth, place of birth, father's full name, mother's full maiden name, gender and the date he or she applied for a Social Security number."


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil

I printed that page, and brought it in to the employer, and they don't care. they said the must enter the ssn into the computer system. Payroll has no way around it, because of the computer. i even told them to call USCIS and SSA to verify that he is legal to work, and that he has a pending application. They asked us for the I-94 or the reciept from SSA that he "applied"...but duh people! He came in on a CR1. He was not required nor did fill out the I-94! and because we checked the box on the DS 230, to have them issue a card upon arrival, there is no receipt, other than the DHS stamp in his passport, above his temporary visa, that serves as a temporary I 551, upon his POE.....

CLICK ---->Andrea & Roberto da Silva ~ April 26, 2006 Jaboatao, Brasil

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Payroll *can* work around; you are saying they "won't". Your complaint should be with the employer being difficult, not SSA. The instructions are in the link Gary provided.

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