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Hello all,

 

I was curious about applying for an SSN as a K1 visa holder because it seems a lot of people rush into it. I've been in the US for a month now, wedding is on October 4th, haven't submitted any other paperwork since I got it. Should I also be working on getting an SSN before I get married? What's the rush, as opposed to getting it after marriage?

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If the I-94 is near to expiration, the SSN will not be issued, so you'd have to wait until receiving work authorization. 

Also, some applicants do not appear on the SAVE data base, things have to be done manually and getting the SSN will be delayed. 

If you change your name after marriage, even within validity of the I-94, some offices will not issue it. 

 

Having it as soon as possible makes things easier, such as opening a bank account or filing for a joint tax return.

Edited by Allaboutwaiting

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7 hours ago, Del A. said:

Hello all,

 

I was curious about applying for an SSN as a K1 visa holder because it seems a lot of people rush into it. I've been in the US for a month now, wedding is on October 4th, haven't submitted any other paperwork since I got it. Should I also be working on getting an SSN before I get married? What's the rush, as opposed to getting it after marriage?

There are a few good reasons to do the ssn quickly 


YMMV

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8 hours ago, Del A. said:

Hello all,

 

I was curious about applying for an SSN as a K1 visa holder because it seems a lot of people rush into it. I've been in the US for a month now, wedding is on October 4th, haven't submitted any other paperwork since I got it. Should I also be working on getting an SSN before I get married? What's the rush, as opposed to getting it after marriage?

I got my SSN before marriage. Why:

1. Driver's license requires SSN

2. Building credit requires SSN

3. Filing taxes requires SSN/ITin.

4. Some health insurance/bank requires SSN

5. If you missed out, you'll have to wait for EAD/GC. Ead takes 5months atleast these days.

6. If you have your SSN before marriage, you can update to married name anyways at any time you choose.

7. I personally feel name change process is a big decision. It's a matter of losing my identity and 90days (validity of I-94) isnt enough for me to think about it.

Edited by SB5130

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3 hours ago, SB5130 said:

I got my SSN before marriage. Why:

1. Driver's license requires SSN

2. Building credit requires SSN

3. Filing taxes requires SSN/ITin.

4. Some health insurance/bank requires SSN

5. If you missed out, you'll have to wait for EAD/GC. Ead takes 5months atleast these days.

6. If you have your SSN before marriage, you can update to married name anyways at any time you choose.

7. I personally feel name change process is a big decision. It's a matter of losing my identity and 90days (validity of I-94) isnt enough for me to think about it.

I agree with everything you posted. Getting SSN before I got married made my life a lot easier. To the OP, save your self future headaches and get your SSN as soon as you can. Don’t wait too long since SSA will no longer issue you SSN within 2 weeks/14 days of your I94 expiration. 

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