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Hi Guys,

I just wanted to put this up today as it shocked me and my significant other today -

(A little background as per my timeline, I came in on a K-1, got EAD in 08/15, GC in 12/15 and GC replacement in 04/16 due to incorrect data on the first).

I had a job interview this afternoon so decided to go to the social security office in the am to 100% check that I was on the E-verify list with everything accurate (due to the issues with my first GC).

We went to our local social security office today to check & request a new social security card (without the DHS AUTH FOR WORK notice). I took in my Green card, NYS drivers license and old card, explained the situation and the manager was only to happy to check.... and find that there was no record of me having EAD let alone a green card.

- USCIS hadn't notified them or they hadn't updated their records (to clarify I registered for a SSN before AOS, but included it with all the paperwork).

Either way he's processed the update and said that it will take around 4 weeks for them to verify the data with USCIS and then an extra week for a new card to go into production. As I had an interview, he also wrote, signed and printed out some paperwork to clarify the situation to a potential employer with the numbers for the field office, which was a really nice touch - so nice he went the extra mile!

So its essentially all sorted for me now, but just in case anyone else hadn't checked with their local field office and has recently adjusted status - I recommend double checking to be safe! Whilst I doubt it would hurt career prospects, its one extra headache (and slight embarrassment) you don't want to have to go through!!!


K-1 Visa Journey:

Service Center: Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate: London, United Kingdom

Engaged in Greece: 2014-04-20

I-129F Sent: 2014-05-30

NOA1: 2014-06-05

RFE: 2014-11-12

RFE Reply Received: 2014-11-20

NOA2: 2014-12-09

Case Sent to NVC: 2014-12-12

NOA2 Hard Copy Received: 2014-12-16

NVC Received Case: 2014-12-19

NVC Case Number Assigned: 2014-12-19

Case Sent to Consulate: 2014-12-23

Case "Ready" at Consulate: 2015-01-05

Medical: 2015-01-12

Interview: 2015-02-11 APPROVED!!!!!

Visa Received: 2015-02-20 :)

US Entry Date: 2015-04-11

Married at NYC City Hall: 2015-04-17

AOS Journey:

I-485/I-131/I-765 Sent to Chicago Lockbox: 2015-04-23

NOA1: 2015-05-04

RFE: 2015-05-22

Biometrics: 2015-05-26

RFE Reply Received: 2015/07/10

EAD/AP Approved: 2015/08/28

AOS Approved: 2015/11/23 :dancing:

GC Recieved: 2015/12/3 - WRONG DATA!!! :cry:But I passed my NY State drivers test on the same day!

I-90 Filed: 2015/12/4
NOA 1: 2016/1/2
Biometrics: 2016/1/20
Expedite case request: 2016/4/4
Infopass appointment: 2016/4/15
Expedite case approved: 2016/4/20

NEW GC Recieved: 2016/4/27 :)Drivers license 'temp visitor' removed: 2016/5/11 (now a people again!!!)

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I believe that you are the one who is supposed to update SSA when your immigration status changes. They don't know otherwise.

You may be correct however, we had two info pass appointments (one during AOS and one during a GC expedite request), and I raised the question of EAD and SSA/SSN and at both times (pointing out I was actively job hunting), the 3 case officers (there were two at the field office on the second one), said it was an automatic process with no work required on our part - but to check in person if worried - which we did!


K-1 Visa Journey:

Service Center: Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate: London, United Kingdom

Engaged in Greece: 2014-04-20

I-129F Sent: 2014-05-30

NOA1: 2014-06-05

RFE: 2014-11-12

RFE Reply Received: 2014-11-20

NOA2: 2014-12-09

Case Sent to NVC: 2014-12-12

NOA2 Hard Copy Received: 2014-12-16

NVC Received Case: 2014-12-19

NVC Case Number Assigned: 2014-12-19

Case Sent to Consulate: 2014-12-23

Case "Ready" at Consulate: 2015-01-05

Medical: 2015-01-12

Interview: 2015-02-11 APPROVED!!!!!

Visa Received: 2015-02-20 :)

US Entry Date: 2015-04-11

Married at NYC City Hall: 2015-04-17

AOS Journey:

I-485/I-131/I-765 Sent to Chicago Lockbox: 2015-04-23

NOA1: 2015-05-04

RFE: 2015-05-22

Biometrics: 2015-05-26

RFE Reply Received: 2015/07/10

EAD/AP Approved: 2015/08/28

AOS Approved: 2015/11/23 :dancing:

GC Recieved: 2015/12/3 - WRONG DATA!!! :cry:But I passed my NY State drivers test on the same day!

I-90 Filed: 2015/12/4
NOA 1: 2016/1/2
Biometrics: 2016/1/20
Expedite case request: 2016/4/4
Infopass appointment: 2016/4/15
Expedite case approved: 2016/4/20

NEW GC Recieved: 2016/4/27 :)Drivers license 'temp visitor' removed: 2016/5/11 (now a people again!!!)

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SSA does not automatically update your immigration status. If you become a permanent resident, then you must go and reapply, showing your green card. They will then update it in the system, and you would receive a new SS card with the stipulation about work only with DHS authorization removed. If you become a US citizen, then you would return and reapply once again to update your status.

https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/Article/2054/How-do-I-change-my-work-status-on-my-Social-Security-card


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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