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Hello everyone! I would appreciate if you could help me: 

I came into the US with a K-1, sadly we didn't know we could apply for SSN right away.  As soon as we got married we filed forms I-485, I-765 and I-131. On form I-765,  Item 14 said: "Do you want the SSA to issue you a Social Security card?", so we checked off YES and assumed that was the normal procedure and took SSN out of our minds. Now after we found the SSN guide on Visa Journey it says: "On the visa application Form DS-230, you saw the following offer: "Do you want the Social Security Administration to assign you an SSN (and issue a card) or issue you a new card (if you have an SSN)? You must answer "Yes" to question 43b ("Consent To Disclosure") to receive an SSN and/or card." Please note that this program is ONLY for Immigrant Visa holders (CR-1, etc). If you checked this box, a Social Security number will NOT be generated for you if you are a K-visa holder. As a K-visa holder, use the following guide to get your first, or replacement, Social Security number/card. If you have ever had a Social Security number, that is your number for life; you will need to visit your SSA office to get new card with the same number."  I repeat: we saw that notice on I-765 and not on DS-230 (since we are K-1).

 

Our questions are: What do we do now? Is checking off YES on I-765 going to work? I would like my SSN as soon as possible and would have it by now if I had known (for driving licence, insurance, etc). - my I-94 hasn't expired yet. Should I go try to get my SSN now at a Social Security Office? If I go now and get mine, will that affect my I-765 EAD application? What's your advice? It's important to say that we didn't change our name when we got married. 

 

Thank you so so much for your help!

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4 hours ago, Luis P said:

Hello everyone! I would appreciate if you could help me: 

I came into the US with a K-1, sadly we didn't know we could apply for SSN right away.  As soon as we got married we filed forms I-485, I-765 and I-131. On form I-765,  Item 14 said: "Do you want the SSA to issue you a Social Security card?", so we checked off YES and assumed that was the normal procedure and took SSN out of our minds. Now after we found the SSN guide on Visa Journey it says: "On the visa application Form DS-230, you saw the following offer: "Do you want the Social Security Administration to assign you an SSN (and issue a card) or issue you a new card (if you have an SSN)? You must answer "Yes" to question 43b ("Consent To Disclosure") to receive an SSN and/or card." Please note that this program is ONLY for Immigrant Visa holders (CR-1, etc). If you checked this box, a Social Security number will NOT be generated for you if you are a K-visa holder. As a K-visa holder, use the following guide to get your first, or replacement, Social Security number/card. If you have ever had a Social Security number, that is your number for life; you will need to visit your SSA office to get new card with the same number."  I repeat: we saw that notice on I-765 and not on DS-230 (since we are K-1).

 

Our questions are: What do we do now? Is checking off YES on I-765 going to work? I would like my SSN as soon as possible and would have it by now if I had known (for driving licence, insurance, etc). - my I-94 hasn't expired yet. Should I go try to get my SSN now at a Social Security Office? If I go now and get mine, will that affect my I-765 EAD application? What's your advice? It's important to say that we didn't change our name when we got married. 

 

Thank you so so much for your help!

That guide is outdated... It's a new addition to the forms asking if you want a SSN. People have been checking yes and it does seem to be working as they get SS card after EAD approval.

 

Doesn't matter if you didn't change your name. Unless you have at least 2 weeks left on your i94 you can't get a SSN until EAD is approved. Since you checked yes on the form just wait for both the EAD and SSN. They should come about the same time. 

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