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  1. Hey guys! How is everyone? I am having problem getting social here in the US. I arrived here last Nov 11 and applied for ssn Nov 15. And then I got married Dec 22, 2018. And after more than a month of patiently waiting, today, January 4th, my husband and I decided to go to SSA office to ask for update since we havent received anything in the mail at all. And I read blogs about how ssa staff doesnt know what they are doing sometimes and I think the one we went to is one of them. 😔 They kept telling me they are having issues on the system and it kept saying “Alien Mismatch”. they said they've been trying to do it over and over since I applied and contact DHS but they havent gotten anything really. And then they also said that maybe the reason why is because I am on k1 visa and not allowed to work in the US that’s why SSA cannot issue me a number. (i didnt correct them here since I know I’m not gonna win.) but they said the bottom line is the “Alien Mismatch” they are getting. I am so confused right now cuz my i-94 is only valid until Feb 2. And we are just starting to file for aos. anyone has experience about this? any answer will be appreciated. Thank you!
  2. Hi everyone so what happen was, I am in Las Vegas and I went to the Social Security administration today to change the last name on my social security card (because it's different from my green card and I just want them all looking the same last name), I wanted to add my husband last name instead. So, I was finally called after waiting there for hours and the man attending me asked for my ID, so I gave my permanent resident card with the extension letter I got from USCIS (that extends my green card for 1 year) so everything was fine to me until he said he couldn't accept my extension letter, because the Social Security Administration do not accept at all. So I went to the USCIS office in Las Vegas to ask about that, they said that the man was acting like a idiot and my card with the extension letter was perfectly fine and valid. I am going again tomorrow and I will try one more time, if I am rejected again because of that, I will ask to talk to a supervisor. What do you guys think about that? Did something like that happened to any of you? How should I proceed?
  3. What is the process for getting a social security card after entry to the US? Is there a fee? What documents are needed? According to some people, you can go within first week of being here; others have suggested waiting two weeks.
  4. Hello. I had lost my original Social Security Card so I applied for a replacement card. My original card had my middle name on it which is my father's first name but I always used my first and last name everywhere here in USA. My Birth Certificate as well as EAD and AOS application has my first/last name. I requested that my middle name be removed in my replacement card and the officer at SSA went ahead did just that and I asked to confirm that this would not be considered a name change right? She said no. I just wanted to make sure. I did some research on SSC rules and found out that the only names that matter for legal purpose are first/last name not middle. Would this raise any concerns with my pending AOS application and/or at the interview? I also noticed that my mother's and father's first name was misspelled in their system. Officer went ahead and corrected that as well. Would this raise any concerns with my pending AOS application and/or at the interview? I also accidently put my mother's married last name on the Social Security application. I did inform the officer and they said that would be no problem even though I had already signed up the application. I just wanted to make sure. Would this raise any concerns with my pending AOS application and/or at the interview? I checked the box 'Legal Alien Allowed to Work' box in the SS-5 form. I think this is correct right?
  5. Hello. I had lost my original Social Security Card so I applied for a replacement card. My original card had my middle name on it which is my father's first name but I always used my first and last name everywhere here in USA. My Birth Certificate as well as EAD and AOS application has my first/last name. I requested that my middle name be removed in my replacement card and the officer at SSA went ahead did just that and I asked to confirm that this would not be considered a name change right? She said no. I just wanted to make sure. I did some research on SSC rules and found out that the only names that matter for legal purpose are first/last name not middle. Would this raise any concerns with my pending AOS application and/or at the interview? I also noticed that my mother's and father's first name was misspelled in their system. Officer went ahead and corrected that as well. Would this raise any concerns with my pending AOSAOS application and/or at the interview? I also accidently put my mother's married last name on the Social Security application. I did inform the officer and they said that would be no problem even though I had already signed up the application. I just wanted to make sure. Would this raise any concerns with my pending AOS application and/or at the interview? I checked the box 'Legal Alien Allowed to Work' box in the SS-5 form. I think this is correct right?
  6. We are FINALLY just waiting for consulate interview. After the interview how many days does it take for the visa to come? What is the process like? Also, my husband wants to get straight to work when he gets here. How long will it take for his social security card to get in? We are dealing with the office in Santo Domingo. What was your experience like? What questions did they ask? Thanks!
  7. My wife came into the US on the K1 visa. We were married at the beginning of the week, and went to the Social Security office to get her a SS card with her new name. We were told by the clerk there that we should go to DHS and let them know we were married, and that the SS card wouldn't come through until after that. Has anyone else gone through this process? Is he referring to Adjustment of Status? I'd hate to think we need to wait for that process to complete before she can get a social security card. I'm going to call tomorrow, but I was hoping for some clarification before then if anyone else has gone through the same. Thanks, Matt
  8. I found the following regarding acquiring a new social security card now that green card has been received. Is this true? I haven’t found any evidence to support this. Thanks! “If you have your 10-year green card all you need do is take it to the SSA and ask them to remove the condition and issue a new card. If you're a resident but holding a two-year green card, the condition will stay until you go through ROC successfully.”
  9. Hello, My wife finally got her migrant visa and will be moving here soon. I was wondering if someone can guide me in how to get social security card for my wife is that some thing which can only be done when she gets here, what will be required to get social. When i was filling out ds-261 i chose the option for social security card. Another question was in regards to getting state id, as she will be new and to get an id you need to provide proof of residence, so i was wondering what steps should i take for that. Lastly for green card, how long does it take for uscis to mail you one after submitting the fees and if i can mail it to a different address thenwhat my wife gave during her interview.
  10. Hello, My husband finally received his employment authorization June 2nd, 2018. We went on June 4th to apply for a social security. We had teied that before but they wouldn’t let us apply because he was on a K-1 Visa which expired when we attempted to apply. With the employment authorization card, he was able to apply for a ssn, but I wanted to know how long it took y’all to receive the social security card. Thank you!
  11. Hello, I will be receiving my Green Card next week. My question is, I have my Social Security card and it says "For Employment only" can I go back to SS office when I have my GC and ask them to give me new SS?
  12. Hello this is my first time on a forum so excuse my amateurism, but here is my case My fiance arrived may 3rd on her k1 visa. We went to the SS Office to apply for a social security number on may 11th. They gave us a paper stating it would take no more than 4 weeks to for them to verify her i94 and other docs. On the 5th week, they told us to continue to wait and that it is in the hands of the DHS. We are now approaching week 8, no card, and her case isn't in DHS SAVE case status database. My county states that she has to have an SSN to get married, and as you all know we have a limited time to get married due to her being on a K1 visa. Does anyone have any advice?
  13. Hi: https://www.uscis.gov/news/save-goes-completely-paperless Hope this helps people who think they should wait 14 days or whatever amount of days to apply for Social security when entering the US under K-1
  14. Hi, My fiancé arrived on February 15th 2018, and we were just married on April 22nd. I knew that the next step was to file for Adjustment of Status, but i was under the misassumption that there wasn’t a strict time limit to do this, although I wanted to do it as soon as possible. Life happens,... a new position at work, a death in my family, trying to save the money for AOS, etc.. just literally haven’t had time to sit down and get the paperwork started until now. So I finally gathered my wits and will be working on this now until it’s finished and turned in. However, I have several questions and I need help being pointed in the right direction. My wife’s K-1 status expired 4 days ago. I called USCIS yesterday for questions about the AOS, (again under the assumption I had time to apply) and they informed me that I should have applied before the 90 days, and that she is now out of status. Which of course worries me. My my main question is are we doomed and is she de-portable now? Also, we just got married, so we want to get her name changed.. but found out also yesterday that they check I-94 along with Marriage Cert at the Social Security office to do this.. and I-94 is now 4 days expired also. Lastly, since I-94 is expired, no social security number, and we have to wait for EAD for her to work. I have no idea how long this takes. I realize that some of my unpreparedness was because I had put AOS, etc on the back burner.. which was a mistake. But this process is also very confusing. If if anyone could reach out to answer my questions, and point us in the right direction, I would be very grateful. Thanks so much
  15. My stepdaughter is extremely sick and now in hospital for 12 days, and its really bad because I keep getting denied insurance because I cant get her a social security card. My wife was given one in like 5 minutes no problem. But SS office says a K2 isnt eligible for a social security card until they receive their green card, which is still months and months away. I was just now told that a K2 who wants a Social has to apply for a temporary I-551 stamp on her passport, THEN apply for a Social after DHS grants her the I-551. It sounds backward and unrealistic. They are essentially telling me that ALL minors who come in to US on K2 visas cant receive social security cards, which also means no health insurance often. Anyone know anything about this or can maybe point me in the right direction ?
  16. Hi there, I got my SSN during the first few weeks of my residence in the US in November and I just received my EAD in the mail. I'm looking to work ASAP. How do I go ahead with "updating" my SSN card? Obviously it says something on the card about how my SSN can't be used to work.....Do I actually need to go to the SSN office to show them my EAD and have a new SSN card made? A step by step on what to do/bring when I go to the SSN office would be great...if I need to go there at all. Thank you, Mike
  17. I have a word of advice and I hope I'm posting it in the right place. During your K-1 process (or any other visa process) think seriously about what name the non-US person will use when she/he arrives, and applies for a Social Security card. This is especially true for people from Latin America where four names (or more) is not uncommon. If you don't plan ahead you'll have different names and initials on all important documents because many of those applications have room for only first, middle initial and last name. Some have more space. Some allow for two last names. Some don't. Our bank could not fit my husband's name on the application so shortened it.....his medical records don' t match the insurance carrier, so claims get returned-and many many more. If you clear this up and pick a name she/he can live with and then stay with that you can prevent a lot of confusion.
  18. It's been two weeks since my oath ceremony. I just received my passport last week and got my naturalization certificate back in mail this week. So I decided to go to SSA to update my account today. The lady at the window asked for my certificate, and she checked it on her computer. Apparently the information was not updated yet after two weeks, and she couldn't make the change online. So she said my application has to be sent in and it will take about a week. She was very nice and congratulated me for becoming the citizen After that I went to update my driver's license. I didn't change my name and my license is still good for another few years, but my state allows U.S. citizens to renew license online. Plus I knew I could register to vote at the driver license office. I went to the office and submitted my certificate, but the info was not updated in their database, either. Then I remembered that I brought my passport, too and showed it to them. They were able to update my status with it, and they registered me to vote. The lady who helped me had a very stern facial expression the whole time, but at the end she smiled and congratulated me I've read arguments for both but I would recommend getting your passport first then go to SSA and DMV etc., so that you can use your passport as a proof of citizenship. I wish I showed my passport at SSA but didn't think about it because she specifically asked for the certificate. Oh, well. But I'm glad I'm pretty much done with the process. It was long, but it was worth it!
  19. I'm a U.S. citizen and my husband of 5 months is a NRA. We are awaiting AoS (applied for in November, 2017). He received his EAD and applied for and received his social security number "valid for work with DHS authorization." I am filing taxes electronically as "married filing separately" since he earned income only in Canada last year. I used my husband's SSN that he just received on the return since it won't allow me to file without it. The IRS rejected my return stating the SSN of my husband is invalid. I have to mail the return in instead of efiling it. Why would his number be rejected? We also opened a joint bank account and my bank requested a copy of his social security card. If the card is valid for work, doesn't that imply he can open a bank account and report to the IRS? Why won't his number work? I'm going to file by mail and include a copy of his SS card, I guess. Or is it possible the number is so new in the system that it hasn't fully propogated into governmental databases that the bank, tax software, IRS, etc. use to verify its validity? We are so confused.... Thanks in advance for any insight into your similar experiences!
  20. So I'm not sure if I'm in the wrong or the person working at the Social Security office was wrong when telling me this. Me and my wife went to the Social Security Office so that I could apply for a Social Security Number. I'm aware now that I should have done this before we got married, but we were not aware of it at the time. The person we spoke to told us that, because we had gotten married and sent off our AOS documents (still pending), that I could no longer apply for a SSN under a K-1 Visa, and that I should apply for an ITIN (for tax purposes). However my I-94 is still valid, and I have all the necessary documents. Just wondering if anyone knows if I should still be able to get an SSN after getting married?
  21. Hello all, My fiancee recently entered the US on the K1 visa. We are planning on getting married next month, but we were planning to head over to the social security office to apply for her SS card this week (as suggested by visa journey). We have been compiling the required documents, but we have a few questions we wanted to see if we could get some feedback. Any input is very much appreciated as always. 1. Since she just came in a few weeks ago, she clearly still has a foreign passport, which it seems will be fine for identification purposes, but we aren't sure what is acceptable for the 2nd form of identification as required by SS-5. Driver's license and state id card are called out on the form, but she doesn't have any form of US id card yet. She does have her passport and driver's license from her country with her, but I don't know whether they'll accept the driver's license alongside the passport in this situation or not. 2. Under the citizenship question on the form, we have checked legal alien allowed to work. It is my understanding that she will be able to work after we have filed the I-785, but that won't happen until we file for status adjustment. I wanted to make sure marking that option at this time is permissible. 3. It appears that it is recommended in the K1 flow chart to get the SS card as soon as possible and return to the SS office after we're married to change the name on the card, but would it make more sense in our situation to wait to apply for the SS card until after we're married. She's been here for 2 weeks on Friday, and if we get married within the first few weeks of February, it should be well within the 90-day expiration date of her I-94.
  22. Our American citizen friend recently married his Filipino fiance. She entered the U.S in October 2017 and they were married in December 2017. They were recently turned away at the SSA when filing for a SSN. The SSA employee told them that they must complete their AOS process and have a green card in hand before applying (Indiana). I have read conflicting reports that some states will only process a new SSN for a non-immigrant (i.e. K1) if their I-94 is within fourteen days or more of expiring. Can anybody confirm without doubt that this is true?
  23. I recently send off my adjustment of status application (K-1 Visa holder now married) along with the I-765 form for Employment Authorization. On the form I indicated that I have not yet applied for a my SSN and would like the SSA to provide one. However I now need a SSN in order for my wife to file taxes. I have not yet received a receipt from USCIS to say they have received my application so I am assuming they have yet to assign me a SSN. If I apply for my SSN now would this cause an issue with my application? Also, did anyone else apply for SSN through their AOS/EAD form and know, roughly, how long it would take before I receive the SSN this way? Thank you in advance, Tom
  24. I've read conflicting things about this, so I just want to clarify. I (the US petitioner) am female and my fiance is male, and we want to clarify which order we need to complete these steps once he arrives in the states. Can we get married first within the first 2 weeks and then file for his SS #? I read before that a lot of people had trouble when they got married and/or filed for AOS before getting their social, so I just want to clarify. We would like to get married and file as soon as possible after her arrives, but want to make sure we do everything correctly.
  25. Hi, I have done a lot of research, but I haven't found an actual answer. I got married in August 2017 and my marriage license did not specify whether I wanted to change my name or not. I adjusted my status with my maiden name, thinking I'd be able to change my name later (apparently I was wrong). It did seem very wrong to me to complete all the forms and paperwork of my AOS with a name that wasn't approved by anyone or had any actual documentation -I later learnt that a marriage license is enough proof to go ahead and complete all your forms with your new name (in this case, taking my husband's last name). I received my EAD three weeks ago and it has my maiden name on it (which was expected). Yesterday I went to the SSN and they asked me whether I wanted to take my husband's last name, I asked if it was recommended and they said, the recommendation was that ALL my documents matched (SSN, EAD Card, DL) with the exact same name. So I just went ahead and had my maiden name again. Now my EAD and my SSN are all with my maiden name. Now I am really upset about the opportunity to change my name and take my husband's last name. HOW, WHEN, WHERE? Has someone else been through this? I wish there was more information on the name change in the USCIS forms. Thank you so much.
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