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I recently finished everything and got into the states with a cr1 visa. At the embassy in my country during the interview I was told to sign a selective service paper and he just made me sign and write my name on it. The paper itself has spaces for my name and signatyre along with print witness name and witness stuff. I was given a copy of the paper and told to go to the post office or post it within a month or something like that. I went to the post office as soon as I got her being confused already with the witness names and titles because I didn't know who that was supposed to be. The guy at the post office gave me a form for selective service but it has a blank space for social security number which I don't have yet and which I believe I can only apply for when I get my green card so what do I do? I wad told my green card would be here within the next 6 months. Oh and another thing... At the immigration in the airport, everything went well except one tiny thing. The officer who received me told me my cr1 would probably be changed to ir1 and sent me to another section and the officer there made me sign a thing saying I have to adjust my status 3 months before the 2nd anniversary of being given which I'm guessing is the date I was issued a visa and not the day I entered the states. The confusing part about that though is the officer was talking to another officer and the guy looking through my papers asked him about ir1 and he asked him exactly you this " I don't have to do it though, right?" and the other guy said yeah and so he stapled a piece of paper on my passport and was told what it is and stuff. Is that normal? Could my cr1 have been changed into ir1 the same day? Oh and can I work now? Do I need a permit or something?

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You can start working right away. Until you get you green card (assuming you have already paid $165 for it), the I-551 stamp on your passport works as your green card for 1 year.

You do not need social security to work. The number on I-551 is good enough. However, you need Social security to be paid. I recommend going to the nearest social security office, and getting the SSN.

About the selective service:

- Get social security

- Apply online

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Because you were married in Dec, 2013, you do not have to remove conditions and you should be an IR1. That means you entered AFTER your 2nd anniversary.

Your endorsed visa IS a green card. Please look at it and read it carefully. Make sure you pay the $165 green card fee on ELIS (the USCIS website can direct you there.) A green card makes you a legal permanent resident. That means you can work, and travel internationally without any other documentation.

To get your SSN you can go to the SSA office and apply for it.

If you're 26 and under you need to send the selective service paperwork.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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