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Hello everyone, 

 

I’m posting here because I’m confused.  my  fiancé arrived in The U.S  on December 20, 2018 we got married on January 9. 2019 ( about 3 weeks ago)  I am researching the process of AOS, and came across that we should have probably applied for a SSN before getting married. Is this accurate? What do I do in this case? Is a SSN needed before AOS

 

Please help  thanks,

 

 

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1 minute ago, Danny & Carlos said:

 

Hello everyone, 

 

I’m posting here because I’m confused.  my  fiancé arrived in The U.S  on December 20, 2018 we got married on January 9. 2019 ( about 3 weeks ago)  I am researching the process of AOS, and came across that we should have probably applied for a SSN before getting married. Is this accurate? What do I do in this case? Is a SSN needed before AOS

 

Please help  thanks,

 

 

You can get a SSN now as it is not too late or you can wait. Most get a SSN to be added onto the petitioner's bank or health insurance or whatever else it is needed. The reason is this is information that shows that you are beginning the process of comingling your "assets" as a married couple as proof when filing the AOS.


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Just now, Danny & Carlos said:

 

Hello everyone, 

 

I’m posting here because I’m confused.  my  fiancé arrived in The U.S  on December 20, 2018 we got married on January 9. 2019 ( about 3 weeks ago)  I am researching the process of AOS, and came across that we should have probably applied for a SSN before getting married. Is this accurate? What do I do in this case? Is a SSN needed before AOS

 

Please help  thanks,

 

 

SSN is not needed for AOS, however it's convenient to have one so you can open a bank account, get a drivers license (if your state allows you to obtain an state drivers license with a pending AOS) etc. Also, you'll need to obtain a SSN to get a job once EAD/AP come in.

 

If you want you can also apply for a SSN in the application (I think it's the EAD) There's a box that asks if the beneficiary has a SSN. If you tick no, it asks you if you want to obtain one. If you tick yes there they'll provide you with a SSN once the EAD is approved (of course this is only if you decide to apply for EAD/AP which is strongly recommended with the usually long waiting times for AOS and it's for free with a pending I-485)

You can apply for a SSN as long as your visa OR your I-94 are good for at least another 3 weeks (which they will based on your time line) So in the end its your choice.

I would recommend to apply for a SSN while you wait for EAD so that you have it, but if you're not in a rush and don't want to wait for 1+ hour in the SSN office, you can obtain it through I-765 😉 

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Moved from K1 Progress Reports to Social Security Numbers forum.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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On 1/21/2019 at 8:23 AM, Greenbaum said:

You can get a SSN now as it is not too late or you can wait. Most get a SSN to be added onto the petitioner's bank or health insurance or whatever else it is needed. The reason is this is information that shows that you are beginning the process of comingling your "assets" as a married couple as proof when filing the AOS.

Is it advisable to apply state ID and SSN after marriage to avoid any AOS or name change, specially for the wife side since they are the one changing their last name?

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3 hours ago, Jedi JayR said:

Is it advisable to apply state ID and SSN after marriage to avoid any AOS or name change, specially for the wife side since they are the one changing their last name?

Normally banks and other institutions require a SSN to be placed on an account of the petitioner when adding the beneficiary. This will help show USCIS that your comingling your assets for the AOS


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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On 1/21/2019 at 7:23 PM, Greenbaum said:

You can get a SSN now as it is not too late or you can wait. Most get a SSN to be added onto the petitioner's bank or health insurance or whatever else it is needed. The reason is this is information that shows that you are beginning the process of comingling your "assets" as a married couple as proof when filing the AOS.

@Greenbaum is there a quick process to get SSN after entering the US? 

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2 hours ago, Liflead said:

@Greenbaum is there a quick process to get SSN after entering the US? 

 


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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