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We checked the box to have a social security number/card issued on the paperwork for immigration. Husband has been home since end of April, and nothing. He went to Social Security office and the lady typed in all his info and said that there is "a flag" on it and she'd have to "send it off." She didn't explain what the flag was, other than she kept asking if he had a double first name or a first and middle name. She also kept trying to say that they didn't have a "Great Britain" on their list of countries. Husband told her to use "United Kingdom." I don't think she ever understood that those are two names for the same country. Husband waited the 2 weeks they told him to, and phoned back, and they told him they still haven't heard anything. He tried calling the Social Security Administration and they said they have nothing to do with the application process and we'd have to wait and see what our local office came up with, though the local office said they couldn't handle it and that's why it was sent off to the Social Security Administration! Has anyone else heard of, or experienced this problem?! Hubby has his green card. Can he work while we're waiting for the SSN to be issued, or does he have to wait for that? What else can we do? Ideas anyone?

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32 minutes ago, cthistlewaite said:

We checked the box to have a social security number/card issued on the paperwork for immigration. Husband has been home since end of April, and nothing. He went to Social Security office and the lady typed in all his info and said that there is "a flag" on it and she'd have to "send it off." She didn't explain what the flag was, other than she kept asking if he had a double first name or a first and middle name. She also kept trying to say that they didn't have a "Great Britain" on their list of countries. Husband told her to use "United Kingdom." I don't think she ever understood that those are two names for the same country. Husband waited the 2 weeks they told him to, and phoned back, and they told him they still haven't heard anything. He tried calling the Social Security Administration and they said they have nothing to do with the application process and we'd have to wait and see what our local office came up with, though the local office said they couldn't handle it and that's why it was sent off to the Social Security Administration! Has anyone else heard of, or experienced this problem?! Hubby has his green card. Can he work while we're waiting for the SSN to be issued, or does he have to wait for that? What else can we do? Ideas anyone?

I don't see any way he can be hired without a SSN.......


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What did you file? AOS? If you filed for AOS and asked USCIS to issue a SSN then you don’t get it in two weeks. You don’t even get it in two months. You get it after EAD comes in the mail. If you asked USCIS to issue you a SSN you don’t go to SS office for it. USCIS will do it on your behalf because you asked them to. You will get your card after they approve your EAD. You can’t work without EAD anyways so you just have to wait for SSN. What you should have done was gone to SS office and applied for one yourself without USCIS. That’s the only way you get SSC in two weeks. If you applied for AOS at the end of April, you got a long ways to go until EAD. Just gonna have to sit tight. 

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17 minutes ago, TNJ17 said:

What did you file? AOS? If you filed for AOS and asked USCIS to issue a SSN then you don’t get it in two weeks. You don’t even get it in two months. You get it after EAD comes in the mail. If you asked USCIS to issue you a SSN you don’t go to SS office for it. USCIS will do it on your behalf because you asked them to. You will get your card after they approve your EAD. You can’t work without EAD anyways so you just have to wait for SSN. What you should have done was gone to SS office and applied for one yourself without USCIS. That’s the only way you get SSC in two weeks. If you applied for AOS at the end of April, you got a long ways to go until EAD. Just gonna have to sit tight. 

OP said her husband already has his GC. 


 

 

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The SSA is performing what is called a manual SAVE database verification, likely due to a small error on his name (a letter or two missing or added), or a mismatch on his DOB, or possibly his country of birth. 

 

It isn't encouraging or even surprising that she didn't understand the relationship between GB and the UK (and for the record, Great Britain is England, Wales, and Scotland only, whereas the UK is all of those plus Northern Ireland). 

 

It will likely take several weeks to resolve, since it's all sent through the mail at a snail's pace. 

 

You may wish to involve one of your Congressional representatives, as they can likely get this resolved faster than you can by yourself. 


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2 hours ago, cthistlewaite said:

He went to Social Security office and the lady typed in all his info and said that there is "a flag" on it and she'd have to "send it off." She didn't explain what the flag was, other than she kept asking if he had a double first name or a first and middle name.

An example of things that can happen-- If his passport scanned as JOHNPAUL  SMITH instead of JOHN PAUL SMITH, then USCIS recorded his entry as JOHNPAUL. When he applies for SSN as JOHN PAUL, they don't find an exact match, so it has to go the USCIS to be manually verified that he legally entered the US. You get stuck waiting for somebody to send, somebody to verify, and for it to get back to local office. There may be a queue. 

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