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Entering on K1 tomorrow - SSN before wedding?

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Tomorrow I leave Australia and head to the U.S.

I've been reading about applying for my SSN. My fiance and I are flying into Portland, OR to get married with his family around, and then fly back to Indiana at the end of the year. We were going to apply for my SSN when we got back to Indiana.

But now I'm reading that I should apply for my SSN beforehand due to issues with name changes (i am the female).

We are getting married in about a week, just before Christmas. So obviously there isn't much time.

Would it be ok to apply for my SSN whilst in Oregon, during the week before we get married, then do the name change on the SSN when we get back to Indiana?

I'm seeing a LOT of conflicting information - some say it's more difficult to do after marriage, some people say they had no issue. I can't filter posts i search for by newest so these were all over a period of time and even the newest I could find still had conflicting posts where some people said they did theirs after with no issue and vice versa as well as people applying beforehand only.

Edited by Stelare

19th July 2016 -- K1 Petition sent to TX Lockbox

27th July 2016 -- NOA1 Received

7th September 2016 -- NOA2 Received

27th September 2016 -- Sydney Consulate Received

6th October 2016 -- Packet 4 Received

29th November 2016 -- Interview Date

29th November 2016 -- Approved at interview

5th December 2016 -- Visa Package Received

16th December 2016 -- Entered US on K1 (PoE San Francisco)


23rd December 2016 -- Married!


8th March 2017 -- Filed AoS, EAD, AP

18th March 2017 -- NOA1 for AoS, EAD, AP

1st August 2017 - Email notification that GC has been mailed
18th August 2017 - Mailed GC back after name error (Maiden name instead of married name), USCIS fault, filed with I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card


20th March 2018 - Currently still waiting on replacement GC with correct name.
3rd August 2018 - I-90 Form Approved.

7th August 2018 - Replacement card produced.

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Also check with the state. Some states do require you to have a social security number to apply for a marriage license (not every state does). I read on this forum once that is recommended that you go in and apply for your SS number about 2 weeks after entering the US to allow the paperwork to arrive at the SS office. But if you don't need your ss# for a marriage license then I don't think it would have to be rushed?

Edited by AshMarty

01/31/17.... K1 Visa Approved

02/03/17.... K1 Visa Received in Hand

06/05/17....Arrived in the USA (LAX)

06/24/17....Married on Cape Cod <3


07/10/17....Sent AOS package (I-485, I-131, I-765)

07/17/17.... AOS notice date for NOA1 (I-485, I-131, I-765)

07/21/17.... Received mailed hardcopies of NOA1s

07/29/17.... Biometrics Notice received in mail 

08/01/17.... Biometrics Appointment AOS - complete (walked in)

08/07/17.... Biometrics Appointment EAD - complete (walked in)

10/23/17.... EAD/AP card delivered to house YAY!

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As far as I know you can go get a SSN immediately after POE. It is just recommended to wait the two weeks so that you will be in their system when you go apply for it. If you go to the office before you are in their system it just takes longer to receive your SSN because there is a longer procedure involved.

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Usually, it is advisable to apply soon after you arrive in the name on your foreign passport which should be the name shown on the I94 entry record. Many states require an SSC for driver license applications, and many banks require it for opening accounts which is something you would want to do as your AOS is processing. I know with Katya and I, she applied for her SSC about a week after arrival and got her card in less than two weeks. She also changed her name after marriage, so we changed the SSC after she received her GC (although we could have done it with her EAD). You can apply for the SSC for the entire period of the I94 less two weeks prior to expiration (i.e. 90 days minus 14 days after POE), so if your return to Indiana is still within this window (which is seems based on your narrative) you can wait upon your return to apply for that card.

Good Luck!

Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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I applied a week after POE and had no problem! Although my name got butchered and my middle name is now part of my first name... :P


AOS Timeline:

2016-11-21 Filed AOS, AP, EAD

2016-12-19 NOA1 Hardcopy received

2016-12-23 RFIE notification, hardcopy received 12/30/2016 (I-864)

2017-01-03 Biometrics letter received (Jan 12th)

2017-03-09 EAD and AP approved

2017-09-15 Green card approved without interview!

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