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  1. Hi, I'm new here so please excuse if i did not follow any forum rules. Here's to my question: We are 2 US citizen parents living in canada (father is us born, mother has a CRBA) our child was born in canada in wedlock, now I know every us citizen should file for a CRBA however going to the embassy is no easy feat so if there's an alternative to getting a US passport & SSN without going for a CRBA we will definitely explore it, we will still be applying for a CRBA for several children together before our oldest will turn 18, going for several children at once makes it a lot less complicated. Now, quoting from this link: now if we were to visit the embassy for the passport application we can as well do the CRBA, but since we travel to the US often we can do a passport application at any local passport office, and a ssn app at the social security office (in the past the embassy would submit the ssn app together with the CRBA but that's no longer the case meaning I will always have to travel to a social security office to apply CMIIW) Quoting from this link that we can apply for a US passport for our child without a CRBA: Now, are all my assumptions correct? did I miss anything? what would the experts suggest? TIA
  2. I need help i want to clearify one thing when we go for SSN form there are 4 check boxes :- 1) us citizen 2) legal alien allowed to work 3) legal alien not allowed to work 4) other   which one i have to select ? im thinking to go for SSN , my visa is k1 even my i-94 is getting expired this month on 19th feb , my aos is already filed biometrics done . if i select legal alien not allowed to work or other they say see instruction on page 3 and on page 3 they have mentioned you check “Legal Alien Not Allowed to Work” or “Other,” you must provide a document from a U.S. Federal, State, or local government agency that explains why you need a Social Security number and that you meet all the requirements for the government benefit. im comfused if i select legal alien not allowed to work in respect to that i can show my notice copies which i have received from uscis stating that your petition for i485 , i131 and for ead is received even i have biometrics notice as well i did my biometrics on 1/31/19
  3. Hey fellow VJ members, i have a question and i cant seem to find the answer to hoping that some of you may have insight on this, My fiance has been approved and has her visa, she will be entering the country permanently on Feb 26th and we intend on marrying right away. My question is this, she worked as an au pair for 3 years in the US and already has a SSN from her time working here. (its how we met also :)) but her SSN is in her maiden name and she intends on taking my last name when we marry, will she have to get a new SSN or will we just need a new card issued with my last name? Just trying to figure out if we should marry then go to SS office and get her new card with my last name or get the card first? I figured it would make more sense after marriage but wanted to ask anyways! Thank you!!
  4. Ill TRY & it brief because this whole SSN fiasco has stressed me out beyond belief. Entered on K1 fiancé visa: 13th Oct 2018 Went to local SSA office 2 weeks after arrival: 29th Oct 2018 All paperwork provided to the SSA lady on the day i applied & she told me 6-8 weeks for manual verification (which was fine by me) Manual verification complete: 26th Nov 2018 (SSA office even confirmed this over the phone, i also checked USCIS SAVE website) Since then, myself & my now husband have made 10+ calls to the SSA office & been told different things each time. (Spaced out the weeks, i didn’t pester) My I-94 expired 10th Jan 2019 so i know that i wont get a SSN now because our last call to our local SSA office told us that no one had been dealing with my application the whole 13 weeks... clearly i reacted very cheesed off & i cried on the phone (LOL) & my husband decided to chase up from now on as i feel they just cant be bothered to deal with my application & feel im just being pushed pillar to post. Is there anyone higher up we can take this further with? Beyond SSA? Or have someone investigate for us as i havent even received a denial letter... & as im awaiting AOS, EAD & AP i want to start working as soon as i have EAD but how can i apply for a SSN with EAD (when i get it) if they still have this application “in progress”...? Sorry for the essay, just hoping for some guidance. I appreciate it if you read the whole thing.
  5. Hi Guys, I entered the US on feb 1st 2018 with my K1 visa. The CBP officer just gave me my passport back with a stamp mentioning the 3 months that i have to marry my fiancee. Now this is the part that gets me confused- I went to this website- https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov and printed my latest I-94, does that mean that I'm in the "system" ( aka SAVE-ASVI system)? or should I wait for a 1-2 weeks? Another question - what documents do I need to bring with me to get my SSN? Thanks!
  6. Hi Guys ! Just want to create a new thread on photocopying documents that will accompany your I-751. My question is, should I make copies One Sided or Double Sided. Has anyone had issue with Double Sided. And what if some documents are One Sided and others Double Sided. Another question is, should I make a copy of my foreign passport to include with other documents and also what of Social Security Card. Thanks in anticipation for positive feedback .
  7. Hi, I'm an F1 student that just got married 2 weeks ago. I will file for AOS in March. I was on OPT a year ago and was given a social security card. However, I'm wondering, when I apply for work authorization during the AOS process, will I get a new social security number/card? I hope I will because I believe that the current one I have is being used without my permission. Please advise. Best,
  8. yesuba1

    i864W

    IR2 Child under 18 and will become a citizenship once in the US since mother is naturalized. The question is, on the the first page of i864W, question #10 states "U.S. Social Security Number (Required)" Child does not have a US SSN and I cannot put N/A since it says required, what do I do? This is the most up to date form on the USCIS website. https://www.uscis.gov/i-864w
  9. Hello Guys, My fiance and I decided to do-it-ourselves to file for my adjustment of status. Our previous immigration lawyer (who worked to process my K1 visa) fee is just way higher than what we expected, specially with the USCIS filling fee too. All is good so far though. I have prepared the following: Cover Letter G-1145 I-485 G-325A I-864 I-693 I-765 Supporting Documents Passport Bio Page (photocopy) Passport Visa Page (photocopy) Birth Certificate Most Recent I-94 and Travel History (printed) I-129F USCIS Approval Letter (scanned copy - my fiance lost the original one! thankfully he scanned it and sent it to me thru email before) Marriage Certificate I have also prepared I-131 (Advance Parole) but I wasn't sure what to write on "Reason". Will it be acceptable if I write "To visit family"? And for the "Country to visit" I only wrote "Philippines". I was just wondering, when the time comes, can I still travel anywhere aside from Philippines? or is it something I need to include in advance? TBH, I am still thinking about submitting this since I am following US naming standard, and I want to avoid questioning. 😣 Another question, do I need to attached a copy of my Vaccination from St. Luke's Manila as supporting document to my I-693? Does my supporting documents such as Marriage and Birth Certificate needs to be original or can I send copies instead? Lastly, since I decided to follow US naming for now which is (Maiden first & middle Name (as used in visa) + husband's surname) will it be okay to write my married surname on all the forms instead of my maiden surname? That's all I can think for now. Please let me know if I missed any form/s or supporting documents. Thanks in advance!
  10. Hello, Asking this question for my husband who entered the USA on 12/13/2018. On the DS-260, we opted for the SSN to be automatically sent upon entry. It says on the SSA site if the SSN is not received within 3 weeks, to inquire further. I just spent 2 hours on hold with SSA to receive no answers and to speak with a very confused representative, so I will ask here and hopefully get some advice. 1. Is the DHS affected by the government shutdown? The representative at the SSA told me this is the cause of the delay in transmitting information from the DHS to the SSA. 2. My husband received his green card within 2 weeks of entry into the United States, however, still no SSN on week 3. I figured it would take longer than 3 weeks, especially with Christmas and New Year holidays, however, he wanted to seek more information and we will go to the local SSA office next week. Should he just wait patiently, and is it normal to receive the green card before the SSN? Thank you!
  11. Hi VJ friends. I just wanted to know if my kids ages 11, 9 and 8 could apply for their social security number even with an expired I-94. We don't apply for the AOS yet since we are still in the process of saving for the AOS fees. Since it will be a hefty amount for the 4 of us. My question is, will it be possible to apply for their social security even with an expired I-94 on their passport? I really appreciate your answer guys. Thank you in advance.
  12. I used to be a permanent resident of the U.S. but voluntarily gave up the green card b/c my family and I were living abroad for too long. Now I am back in America as a student on an F-1 visa. I still have my social security card. Do I need to get a new social security card? I was told that I would have the same social security number for life, but I'm not sure if I have to update my records at the Social Security Office.
  13. Megan and Ehan

    SSN Biometric Forms

    K-1 now doing AOS and are currently married, spouse is present. So do we send the SSN application into the USCIS or is this something we tackle separate I presume? Also on the biometrics sheet wouldn't it be that we are filing for permanent residence NOT naturalization? I thought naturalization comes later?
  14. K1 approved, married, and applied for SSN and AOS. SSN never came (been 3 or 4 weeks). Wife has two first names in Colombia. On k-1 application, her information was entered as two first names and no middle. However, on marriage certificate, her name is listed as a first name and a middle name. I'm freaking out a little that this is the reason she never recieved her SSN and am worrying that this will cause problems with AOS. Anyone have gone through this? Any advice or recomendations? Please let me know what you think because I am once again worried over this process. Thank you!
  15. Hello everyone, We have two questions related SSN, please help us. Thank you very much. First question: Does anyone knows how long it takes for the SSN recently? We applied SSN about 6 weeks ago, however, we haven't got the SSN yet. We tried to call the SSN about 2 weeks ago, and we were told that it is in homeland security now. In this situation, what should we do now? Second question: Is it OK that we submit AOS and Permission of Work Authorization without SSN? Thank you very much.
  16. Hello All, I have been requested by the NVC to fill out form I-864W instead of form I-864 which I had originally filled out for my baby daughter. She is currently living in China with her mother and I am trying to bring both to the US to live with me. In Part 1. Item 11 of I-864W it states that I need to provide my daughter's Social Security number with (Required) in parenthesis next to it. The issue is my daughter doesn't have a Social Security number yet. When I completed her immigration application I checked the box requesting her to have an SSN issued. Confused, I called NVC and the representative said that in her copy of the I-864W form item 11 is not listed as required. She suggested I should leave it blank and write in an explanation that the number is pending. My version is from the USCIS website expires 03/31/2020. From what I can tell the 2017 version didn't list an SSN as required. Can anyone confirm that what NVC said is correct, that a SSN is not required even though the current form seems to say it is? Otherwise I will need to figure out how to get the girl an SSN. Appreciated. i-864w.pdf
  17. I am starting to do some research into the documents required for SSN and the state driving license (Connecticut) which got me thinking about bank accounts. Are there any checking accounts more favourable than others? With lower or no fees? I know that some offer free checking accounts if you also have a savings account with them and keep a minimum amount in it. Any personal recommendations? Also, does anyone have any information about what ID they would require to open an account? Thanks in advance
  18. Hi, I have an SSN question. I received an acknowledgement of my application stating that "before we can issue you a Social Security number card, we must verify the document(s) you gave us to show your Alien status with the Federal, State, or local office in the United States that issued the document(s)". So in other words, the dreaded manual verification. I read somewhere that there's still a possibility to go back to the SSA and ask them to check the SAVE database again, even if I already submitted my application. I'm trying to decide if this is something I should try. Background: Entered the US on a K1 on 5/24/2018, went to the SSA 5/29/2018 (twice, had a second SSA guy double check both name and I-94 number in SAVE - neither were found). Got married shortly after visit to the SSA, which is why I did not withdraw my application - thought I might have an even bigger issue applying again post marriage. Anyway, I have not changed my name after marriage, which might be helpful. But I still do not want to go again if there's any risk that my new married status will for some reason affect my application negatively. Any thoughts?
  19. 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.
  20. Hello. Will I be able to get a replacement Social Security Card because the first one was lost if I walk in the social security office and show my EAD? EAD was issued on category 09 based on pending I-485A? (Still pending). I am also assuming the new card will not have 'NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT' label on it.
  21. Hi everyone, very happy to say that I arrived in America just the other day so we're all go for planning our wedding and sorting the paperwork. Something that came up however was a lot of conflicting ideas about social security numbers. At first it seemed like a SSN was required to get married, but further research suggested this is probably not true (will call this coming week and see what the marriage license guys say). But I saw a lot of posts from forums like this where people were discussing when the earliest you can reasonably apply for a SSN is. The confusion is that the SSA website says that you can not apply for a SSN unless: A federal law requires you to provide your Social Security number to get a particular benefit or service; or A state or local law requires you to provide your Social Security number to get general assistance benefits for which you already have qualified. So I was wondering what other people were doing about their SSN?
  22. Hello there. Am i allowed to work once i have my Social Security Number or SSN eventhough i have not yet applied for my adjustment of status from K1 visa, my fiance got married already. Thank you 😊
  23. We are expecting my K1 journey to end soon and thinking about me coming to the US. Since I am 6 months pregnant now, we are planning to marry within 1 week of my arrival to the US. I will be 8 months pregnant by then, therefore we need to make sure that I will be added to my husband's insurance asap. He spoke to the HR lady in his company and she confimed that they only need my SSN in order to add me. I already have a SSN since 2013 when I first visited the US on a J1 visa. On the card says "valid for work with DHS authorization only", but I won't use it for work hence in my opinion this shouldn't be a problem. We will visit the SS Office to submit whatever docs needed shortly after the marriage. My question is am I going to get a new SSN after the marriage or I will keep my current one? I suppose this has been discussed before but I failed to find such threads, so your help will be appreciated. Thanks!
  24. 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?
  25. 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?
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