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K1 visa holder denied SSN

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So I posted a little while ago asking about the timing of applying for a SSN. Everyone gave great advice, which I followed. I applied for a SSN soon after, after filing I was told that it could take 4 weeks, maybe a little longer. So after a few weeks I head back down to the SSA office and am told that a K1 visa is not permitted a SSN. I pull out the documentation saying that I am, lady tells me no, that it's automated. That she can do nothing on her end and that I should come back when I have a greencard. Her excuse didn't feel right and don't even get me started on the fact that they didn't use any of the contact details I gave them to inform me of the problem.

 

So I'm stuck. Do I try another SSA office or would I be on their system? Worst case scenario; If I wait until we're married and apply for a greencard at what stage can I apply for a work permit and a SSN? I can't do anything without a SSN and it's driving me crazy!

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You can apply for a work permit along with your green card application. Submit the paperwork together. They are free to file together. On the EAD card application, you can request a SSN through there.

 

However, as mentioned above, you can get a SSN with more than 14 days left on your I-94. My husband went for his SS card a few days after we got married which was about two weeks after his arrival in the US and before we submitted AOS.  He received it in the mail about a month later. Talk to a supervisor or try another office.

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To anybody reading this later--

If anybody tells a K1 they are not eligible for a SSN (if you are within you first 76 days in the US) then ask for a supervisor and don't walk out until you see one. Know the rules and stand your ground with employees who say not eligible, or you got married so now you're a K3, or it's automated. Spouse visas have an automated option as part of their immigration, but not K1s. .  

Edited by Wuozopo

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On 12/14/2018 at 4:19 PM, Redheadguy03 said:

Try another office or ask for the supervisor. You have to have 14 days left on your i94, but as long as you do they are supposed to issue them. 

 

 

We applied October 12th and didn't get an answer until last Friday. My husbands i-94 expired the 8th of December. Does this mean we have to wait? We currently have my health insurance breathing down our necks for one and I'm afraid they will kick him off my health insurance if we don't have one before tax time. 

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22 hours ago, Irehc said:

We applied October 12th and didn't get an answer until last Friday. My husbands i-94 expired the 8th of December. Does this mean we have to wait? We currently have my health insurance breathing down our necks for one and I'm afraid they will kick him off my health insurance if we don't have one before tax time. 

You have to wait now for EAD. The window to get SSN as a K1 has closed. 

Insurance can't boot you.

Taxes will require a SSN or get an Itin for filing.

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