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Hey, I arrived in Portland last week and am looking to get my SSN, drivers license etc. sorted.

 

The problem with the SSN is they ask you to fill out a form and mail it to the office with the supporting documents. I don't want to risk mailing my passport (my visa is the main document I have till the green card arrives) as it is the only real form of ID I have right now. 

 

Also I seem to remember that on the DS260 I checked a box which authorized them to process a SSN which should reach the person in around 3 week after arriving in the US.

 

So basically what are people doing on arriving in the US nowadays, with regards to getting a SSN?

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1 hour ago, LewsTT said:

Hey, I arrived in Portland last week and am looking to get my SSN, drivers license etc. sorted.

 

The problem with the SSN is they ask you to fill out a form and mail it to the office with the supporting documents. I don't want to risk mailing my passport (my visa is the main document I have till the green card arrives) as it is the only real form of ID I have right now. 

 

Also I seem to remember that on the DS260 I checked a box which authorized them to process a SSN which should reach the person in around 3 week after arriving in the US.

 

So basically what are people doing on arriving in the US nowadays, with regards to getting a SSN?

Due to the pandemic, there will be longer waiting time. call the nearest social security office and set up a one to one appointment, submit the form along with your original passport and MRIV and birth certificate. 
 

this method will save you alot of time than waiting to be verfied by dhs.

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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.

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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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

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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).

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21 hours ago, LewsTT said:

Hey, I arrived in Portland last week and am looking to get my SSN, drivers license etc. sorted.

 

The problem with the SSN is they ask you to fill out a form and mail it to the office with the supporting documents. I don't want to risk mailing my passport (my visa is the main document I have till the green card arrives) as it is the only real form of ID I have right now. 

 

Also I seem to remember that on the DS260 I checked a box which authorized them to process a SSN which should reach the person in around 3 week after arriving in the US.

 

So basically what are people doing on arriving in the US nowadays, with regards to getting a SSN?

 

SSN can take a few months to arrive nowadays. I'd definitely wait. Applying for an SSN could result in major headaches down the road if the applications happen to cross.

 

When we applied for my stepdaughter's SSN (11 months after her arrival she never got one), they only asked for photocopies of passport/green card to be mailed. A few weeks later they mailed us an interview notice, and we brought original docs to that appointment. They only checked her passport and we were out in <60 seconds.

 

I  HIGHLY recommend against sending in your original passport until you have your green card in hand, and you're willing to take a trip to your home country's consulate to apply for a replacement.

 

 

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5 hours ago, RamonGomez said:

 

SSN can take a few months to arrive nowadays. I'd definitely wait. Applying for an SSN could result in major headaches down the road if the applications happen to cross.

 

When we applied for my stepdaughter's SSN (11 months after her arrival she never got one), they only asked for photocopies of passport/green card to be mailed. A few weeks later they mailed us an interview notice, and we brought original docs to that appointment. They only checked her passport and we were out in <60 seconds.

 

I  HIGHLY recommend against sending in your original passport until you have your green card in hand, and you're willing to take a trip to your home country's consulate to apply for a replacement.

 

 

Thats why I said make an appointment to meet with your social security officer rather than sending documents 

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On 3/11/2021 at 6:49 PM, Scoshp said:

Due to the pandemic, there will be longer waiting time. call the nearest social security office and set up a one to one appointment, submit the form along with your original passport and MRIV and birth certificate. 
 

this method will save you alot of time than waiting to be verfied by dhs.

 

I have sent them one with a copy of my passport. Lets see what they say, nobody answers the phone.

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9 hours ago, RamonGomez said:

 

SSN can take a few months to arrive nowadays. I'd definitely wait. Applying for an SSN could result in major headaches down the road if the applications happen to cross.

 

When we applied for my stepdaughter's SSN (11 months after her arrival she never got one), they only asked for photocopies of passport/green card to be mailed. A few weeks later they mailed us an interview notice, and we brought original docs to that appointment. They only checked her passport and we were out in <60 seconds.

 

I  HIGHLY recommend against sending in your original passport until you have your green card in hand, and you're willing to take a trip to your home country's consulate to apply for a replacement.

 

 

 

What could be the major headache if applications cross?  In an ideal scenario I agree with you but waiting months for USCIS to wake up is not an option for most people who need to work etc. 

 

On a side note I got notified by the USCIS today that they have issued the green card so it should be arriving in the mail in a few days hopefully. But I dont think there's a way to see if they have done anything on the SSN.

Thanks for the responses guys!

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18 hours ago, LewsTT said:

 

What could be the major headache if applications cross?  In an ideal scenario I agree with you but waiting months for USCIS to wake up is not an option for most people who need to work etc. 

 

On a side note I got notified by the USCIS today that they have issued the green card so it should be arriving in the mail in a few days hopefully. But I dont think there's a way to see if they have done anything on the SSN.

Thanks for the responses guys!

Save check on uscis. Put your A number and see if you’re verified and what’s the status 

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23 hours ago, Scoshp said:

Save check on uscis. Put your A number and see if you’re verified and what’s the status 

 USCIS status says they have ordered the card to be produced, but I believe this is the green card. Im not sure if this impacts the SSN in any way.

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