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Everything I read here says a K-1 visa holder does NOT need an EAD to apply for a Social Security card. But we went to a SS office this morning, and the woman insisted that we needed an EAD!  GRRR. I may try a different SS office tomorrow. But has anyone else faced this issue? (We want a SS number to get a California ID.)

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Thread is moved from the K-1 Process forum to the Social Security Numbers subforum -- OP is past the K-1 stage.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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9 minutes ago, Rodney1 said:

Everything I read here says a K-1 visa holder does NOT need an EAD to apply for a Social Security card. But we went to a SS office this morning, and the woman insisted that we needed an EAD!  GRRR. I may try a different SS office tomorrow. But has anyone else faced this issue? (We want a SS number to get a California ID.)

Are you already married? As this seems to be issue that I saw on here. That is why its better to get SSN before marriage, after they require at least EAD

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Depends on the timing.  If the i94 is still valid, that is enough to get the SSN.

 

If the i94 is expired (ie. the 90 days have lapsed) then you need to wait for an EAD/AP or GC.

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1 minute ago, Rodney1 said:

No, we are NOT yet married.

No, the I94 is NOT expired. Entered the U.S. just 16 days ago.

 

In that case try different office, your fiancé has the right for SSN. Print the page that is on the guide here that shows that K1 holders can obtain SSN

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You can check if her I-94 is in the save database.  I think that is what SSA uses to verify eligibility.   We, albeit a CR-1, had an issue like yours where they could not verify.  We did a land crossing from Mexico.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/save/casecheck


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April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

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32 minutes ago, Rodney1 said:

Everything I read here says a K-1 visa holder does NOT need an EAD to apply for a Social Security card. But we went to a SS office this morning, and the woman insisted that we needed an EAD!  GRRR. I may try a different SS office tomorrow. But has anyone else faced this issue? (We want a SS number to get a California ID.)

You are correct you DO NOT need a EAD card to get a social security card. My wife filed for one 2 weeks after she arrived here last September and she got her ss card a month later. Someone there is giving you some wrong information so I would definitely go to another ss office and get her application processed as soon as possible.

 

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4 minutes ago, Rodney1 said:

The SSA woman agreed that a K-1 visa holder could get a SSN, but she insisted that we needed an EAD.

 

Aw man, I’m sorry.  If you’re not yet married with a valid i94, then there should have been no issue applying for the SSN.  You seem to have got someone that isn’t familiar and didn’t look it up or get help.

 

When you go back - make sure they do the application.  Even if you have to request a supervisor.  Especially because it’ll be another 2-3 hours of your time.  

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24 minutes ago, Rodney1 said:

No, we are NOT yet married.

No, the I94 is NOT expired. Entered the U.S. just 16 days ago.

 

Okay well you should be fine then so go to another ss office and get the application filled out and she should receive her card within a month. Once her card comes in it will say Valid with work only with DHS Authorization or the EAD card. Meaning she won't be able to work until you are approved for the I-765 Authorization for employment form along with the Adjustment of status form I-485 form, Advance Parole form I-131, and then the affidavit of support form I-864 form and a ridiculously low fee of $1,225.00. Hope that helps.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Rodney1 said:

No, we are NOT yet married.

No, the I94 is NOT expired. Entered the U.S. just 16 days ago.

 

Try a different office. My husband was able to request his a couple of hours after we got married so it shouldn't be a problem. He had been here 10 days when we applied for him.


The Beginning 2017-2018

Spoiler

             Trips                 

Late 2017: Met online via Line app

5/16/18 - 5/26/18: 1st trip - Beirut

5/24/18 - He proposed!

K1 Visa  207 days

Spoiler

             K1 Visa             

9/10/18: Petition sent

9/12/18: NOA1 old

9/17/18: NOA1 new

12/1/18 - 12/16/18: 2nd trip - Beirut & Turkey

1/25/19: NOA2 paper

1/28/19: NOA2 new

2/19/19: NVC Received

2/20/19: Case # Assigned

3/5/19: In Transit

3/6/19: Paid MRV fee

3/11/19: Embassy Received/Case Ready

3/11/19: Medical

3/19/19: INTERVIEW! -  cancelled 3/13 by the Embassy

3/14/19: Embassy called to reschedule 

4/5/19: INTERVIEW 2.0! - APPROVED!

4/8/19: CEAC - Non Immigrant Application Received

4/9/19: CEAC - NIV - Administrative Processing

4/10/19: CEAC - Issued

4/12/19: VOH!

4/30/19: POE via IAH - Houston, TX

AOS 2019

Spoiler

4/30/19: POE

5/10/19: Marriage

5/11/19: Sent AOS paperwork to Rapid Visa

5/22/19: Rapid Visa sent to USCIS

5/24/19: USCIS received date for AOS/EAD/AP

5/29/19: USCIS notice date for AOS/EAD/AP

6/4/19: NOA1 arrived in the mail

6/8/19: Biometrics letter arrived in the mail

6/19/19: Biometrics Appointment

6/14/19: Biometrics completed - walk in

 

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Also refer them to their POMS:

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


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

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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Success! Today we went to a different Social Security office, and they said nothing about needing an EAD.  They took all the information, and said we would receive the Social Security card in the mail.

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I forgot to mention: It's been 17 days since entering the U.S., but the Social Security clerk could NOT pull up the immigration record to verify the passport and I-94 information. I think government staff cuts are slowing down everything!

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