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Recent Policy Change for K-2 SSN?

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At my wife and step-daughter's green card interviews last month, the IO said my step-daughter didn't need to wait for her EAD to get her social security number.  She could have applied as soon as she arrived along with her mother.  I called SSA twice and both representatives said a K-2 does not need an EAD to apply for a social security number.  This "advice" contradicts everything I have read on Visa Journey.  Has there been a recent change?  I am interested because my step-son will be coming to the U.S. next month and it would be nice not having to wait months for his number.

 

Thanks - Jason

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I'm unaware of any such change. The SSA policy manual (POMS) still shows that a K-2 is not a legal alien authorized to work (with DHS authorization of course) and therefore has no inherent need for an SSN.

https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0110211530

 

That said, if one can show a need for an SSN, one can still be issued.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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15 minutes ago, geowrian said:

I'm unaware of any such change. The SSA policy manual (POMS) still shows that a K-2 is not a legal alien authorized to work (with DHS authorization of course) and therefore has no inherent need for an SSN.

https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0110211530

 

That said, if one can show a need for an SSN, one can still be issued.

Thanks for posting that document.  So frustrating to get incorrect information from the people who are SUPPOSED to know this stuff!  I will just apply for an ITIN for my step-son before filing my taxes next year.  There is no urgent need for a SSN.

 

Thanks again - Jason

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