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  1. My fiancee is coming soon and I was planning to go to the Social Security Office to apply for her SSN. Now that the SSN Office are close due to the Corona Virus Scare, how do I apply for a new Social Security number for her? You can't do it online. Any advise will be appreciated.
  2. Hi everyone! I filed for adjustment of status from K1 in september, also added the forms for advance parole and EAD and applied for a SSN in the same form. I got my EAD 2 weeks ago, but so far nothing on my SSN. The instructions say that it shouldn't take no longer than 7 business days to get after EAD. So, I called SSA yesterday and said I needed to file in person. I called the office in Savannah but they are closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak and they don't know when they will be open again. Also, the guy said the process for a SSN with the EAD can take up to 6 weeks, so I needed to way another month either way. My question is, how is my husband supposed to file taxes as married if i don't have a SSN and since I have a EAD I'm not eligible for an ITIN? I hope my SSN gets here before the deadline to file, but what can I do in case it doesn't?? Thank you!!!!
  3. I recently applied for my passport meaning I had to send off my Naturalization Certificate. I didn't update my SSN or State ID before doing this and now I'm wondering if the SSN and ID have to be updated before I register to vote? Our deadline for the primaries is 14 March in Louisiana. Thanks!
  4. Hello everyone, I am new in the forum. I've tried to look for topics with my same issue but found none so far. I would like to have opinions from people/lawyers who are/were dealing with my same situation. I applied for AOS few days ago as our immigration lawyer suggested. I am married to an US citizen and crossed the border legally months ago, from Italy. The lawyer reassured us that I will eventually obtain the Green Card, since our strong historical/financial background but I am worried about work. I should receive my EAD in 6 months, hopefully, and this really gets me down. Living for lots of time without getting some honest money in the pocket really gets me down. I know people that can easily give me a fake SSN so I can start working, but I want to think twice before doing it. Is there any chance that it can come out during my AOS process? I will not use the SNN or other reasons but for work. I would be happy if someone can share experiences about this. I have not talked about this with my lawyer since she gets paid a lot only for simple questions.
  5. Good morning, I need some advice on how to proceed/best course of action regarding getting my husband's social security number & card. Here's the situation: My husband (then fiance) arrived in the U.S. on Friday, May 17th. We went to the social security office on Thursday, May 23rd but were unsuccessful in applying for an SSN. We were told that their system was showing a "duplicate" application, as if my fiance had already applied for a social (not possible, he's used the Visa Waiver every other time he's been in the U.S.). He told us this was because he "hadn't been in the U.S." long enough, and to come back in 1 week. We couldn't waste more time there on this particular day, so despite the fact I knew we were being told a load a bull, we agreed to come back at a later time. Before leaving, my fiance specifically said that we were getting married the very next day and asked if this would cause any issues when we return. We were assured that it would not be a problem. We got married as planned on Friday, May 24th. Now due to the fact that SSA is only open from 9AM - 4PM, I have to miss some work to even go up there so we were not able to go back until this past Friday, June 7th. This time, after a lot of typing into their system, the lady asks my husband if we are married. Of course, we have to say yes. At this point she tells us that they cannot process his application because their system will not allow an SSN to be issued after marriage. Now I know a lot of people have encountered this type of problem before, but I also know that marriage doesn't just magically make you ineligible for a social security number. A supervisor comes over and tells me that "the fiance visa isn't valid anymore now that you are married, so the SAVE system comes back as a mismatch and DHS will not allow the application to be processed." When I expressed disbelief about this she said "they track everything with his A-number and update their system accordingly". Considering we did not provide his A-number at any point for the marriage license and it is not on the marriage certificate, I think this is a bunch of bull as well. I would be impressed if state and federal agencies were even that efficient! We wouldn't even have to provide proof of marriage for AOS if that were the case! But I digress... None of this sounded right to me, but I was getting more upset by the second and it was nearing 4PM by this time so of course they didn't want to deal with us anymore. They did let me see the screen showing where the SAVE system came back with the "mismatch" error, but they did not offer to do a SAVE inquiry/manual verification, and unfortunately it didn't occur to me while we were there to ask for it. After we got home, I did some research and also looked over my husband's documents and noticed that the I-94 did not match the K1 visa in his passport - his visa expires July 30th, but CBP authorized his stay until August 14th. I now believe this is the actual reason for the mismatch (please correct me if I am wrong) and it has literally nothing to do with our marriage. So, my question is this - do we give it one more shot, go to a different SSA office and immediately explain the issue with the dates and ask right off for his application to be processed "manually" OR do we throw in the towel and just apply for the SSN with our AOS/EAD packet? I cannot go back to an SSA office until either June 21st or June 25th, and I plan to mail off the AOS packet by the end of this week which brings me to a 3rd question - can I ask for the SSN in the packet and still try to apply at an actual office as well? Or will this cause an issue once they process the EAD, if my husband has received his SSN but our forms say that we haven't applied for one? Thank you in advance for any advice (or just moral support) yall may have. This has been incredibly frustrating, to say the least.
  6. Hello all, I got an SSN before I got married, and now I'm thinking of going to the Social Security office to have my info updated to my married name. However, I found this on the Social Security website: " Corrected Card for a Noncitizen Adult If you change your name, become a U.S. citizen, or your immigration status or work authorization has changed, you need to tell Social Security so we can update our records and when necessary, issue a new card. " Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm The thing is, my AOS packet is still pending. Once my applications come through, am I supposed to "declare" to Social Security that AOS and EAD have been approved? Does that mean I shouldn't have my name updated until then? Because I might be wasting a whole trip/process if I'd have to come back after approval anyways. Need advice on the matter.
  7. Hello, I applied for the SSN in December after we got married. Everything went well and they told me to wait for the card in my mail or come back to the office in 4 weeks. I didn't get the card so I went to the office 2 days ago and they told me that they can't issue it because of USCIS and I need to call them or go there. I tried to go there and they said I need to book an appointment after that I called to USCIS waited for 45 minutes and the lady there said that she doesn't have any information and I need to talk to somebody who knows more but she can't transfer me to another person because it's too late. I called the next day and another lady on the phone said I don't qualify for the SSN and I can't get an appointment in the office. I called again and one more lady said she will transfer me to somebody higher and maybe they can give me more information but from what they have K1 can't obtain SSN. And that level 2 of USCIS who has more information is too busy and I need to wait over 1080 minutes to get in touch with them. So I don't know what to do. Any advices? Thank you.
  8. Hi! I think I have a pretty straight forward question, but I am not really sure about the steps that I should follow. I am currently on a F1 student visa working on EAD that you get for one year after completing my studies. I am getting married to a US citizen in January and planning to change my last name to my spouse's last name. I am trying to understand when I should/can change my last name on my SSN and drivers license. I am applying for the new EAD along with our application for my Green Card (Adjustment of Status and Petition). Do I need to wait for my new EAD (with my new last name) to arrive in the mail first or do I have to go to the SSN office as soon as I have my marriage certificate? I believe that I can't change my drivers license before my new EAD comes because they request that as a proof of identity at the DMV, but I am also not 100% sure. Thanks!
  9. Hello, we went through the K1 visa process and after we got married we went to DSS and they gave him a SSN. After that we filed for our adjustment of status which took months. Once that processed we went to the embassy and found out we were approved, he received his permanent resident card in the mail a little later but he ALSO received another SNN, with a different number. We have been using the more recent one and thought the other was void, but has anyone else had this happen to them? Do we need to report this?
  10. Hi all! So when my visa was approved at the embassy the officer gave me a piece of paper with my alien registration number (9 digit number) and told me that from now on I was going to use that number for everything in the US. That same number is printed on the VISA stamped in my passport. I am now waiting the mail with the green card and SSN. My question is. Will the SSN be the same as the alien registration number? I actually opened a bank account and the lady told me that it was indeed my SSN but I wanted to double check. Thanks in advance
  11. Hi guys ... small question i came US with k1 visa after i received my marriage certificate .. what next ? I have to go social security office for my SSN or i have to send my AOS package ... thank you
  12. This is my first post. I want to start off by saying this site has been a blessing and made it possible to get as far as we have. I really am grateful to the infinite knowledge and empowerment that this site has given us I want to know if anyone has been through this and is is there ANYTHING we can do? Situation: My foreign fiance arrived with me at POE on Oct 7th 2019 with his K1 visa and we applied for SSN on Oct 30th 2019. We were told it would have to go through manual verification. 😕 4 weeks later on Nov 27th 2019 a letter was sent which we received on Dec 2nd 2019 stating he had been approved for his SSN and could take 2 weeks to receive. ( we though at the time great it was all going to work out) Today, Dec 17th 2019 my partner calls SSA to let them know we have not received that SSN and they advised to come in the office since it was past the two week mark and they should be able to give us the SSN in person and we could wait for a card to be re-mailed. We went in to the office right when it opened at 9 AM ESTand the said there is a problem with his visa and that he has to be RE-MANUALLY Verified and it will take an ADDITIONAL 4 WEEKS. The SSA office just stated there is a problem with visa and Homeland Security is requiring to be re-verified and there was nothing they could do. I asked repeatedly if we could at least have the SSN, seeing as he was approved which means they did assign him one and you only get 1 SSN but to no avail. How could he be approved and then need to be re-verified??? What could be wrong with the Visa?? The only thing I could think of is that we were married on Dec 7th 2019... but still it was APPROVED 10 Days before the marriage. Therefore there should not be anything wrong at all with his Visa. Does anyone have any advice or has anyone been through this that can help to give me some perspective... because I just feel so defeated at this point. His I-94 expires Jan 4th 2020. ***** I went back to SSA at 2:30 PM EST after another thread that had DHS phone number 888-464-4218. Talked to a super nice guy named Brandon and said go back to SSA and have someone at SSA call number and DHS can walk SSA through the verification process online step by step... at SSA spoke to the supervisor at that office and they refused to call DHS but did give me the actual SS number this time but said he still can not have a card because it has to be re-verified. I'm so tired of fighting with SSA so I have the SS# now .. and I think I will just wait for a card to be mailed with his EAD as I did request to have a card mailed on that form *** Thank You Kindly for any and all assistance. ❤️
  13. Came on k1 visa. My I-94 is expired, AOS filed and processing by USCIS, can I apply for SSN card now or I have to wait for green card first?
  14. Hello everyone! So I am going through Green Card process just waiting for the interview scheduled (was waiting since Oct 18) and my Ead+Ap got approved and got the combo card and my SSN this day 11/30. So when I saw the SSN card it says “Valid for Work only with DHS Authorization”. So with that restriction, can I still open a bank account, put my name on lease or put my name under my husband’s insurance, etc without any problem with the restricted SSN? Thank you!
  15. Hello, I have now arrived in the US, I got in on Saturday, and now I'm looking into getting my NC State licence and my SSN number. I think I understand what I need to do to get a state licence but I'm not sure if I need to have a SSN before I do. Can anyone on this wonderful forum provide any advice on this, please? Also, me and my fiancee are getting married on the 6th of December. Should I wait until we are married to apply for my SSN? Or should I do it as soon as possible? Thanks!
  16. Hi everyone. I recently arrived into the US on a K1 visa and married my fiancé. We are in the process of applying for adjustment of status. I asked my lawyer about applying for my SSN and they made a discovery that K1 visa holders are one class of visa holders that are automatically entitled to work without EAD authorization or DHS authorization, according to the social security website itself. Please see following links: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0110211420#g https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0110211530 This means my social security card should not have “ valid for work only with DHS authorization” written on it. Every time I’ve googled this, every other source seems to say that DHS and EAD authorization is required prior to work. Even visa journey itself links ( https://www.visajourney.com/content/ssn/ )to one of these above website and states this, even though the website itself states the opposite. Has anyone else encountered this? My lawyer believes that I am entitled to work as soon as I get my SSN. And based off the information given on the SS website I would be inclined to agree!
  17. Preparation: Download the Following Forms: 1. Application for a Social Security Card (SS-5) 2. I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (K-2, K-3, and K-4 Visa Holders Only) The above forms can be filled out on your computer and printed. Make sure you sign and date it as required. Anything you cannot fit by typing, you can handwrite after you print it (very neatly) in black ink instead. Print the following webpage out (K-1 Visa Holder Only😞 >> RM 10211.530 Find your local Social Security Agency (SSA) Office: Click here to Find your SSA Office Reminder: 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. The Application Process: :: For K1 Visa Holders :: As a K-1 Visa Holder you are eligible to receive a SSN upon producing a valid I-94 (unexpired). Do not wait until you only have a few weeks left until your I-94 expires to file for a SSN. Many SSA offices will not allow you to file for a SSN if your I-94 is about to expire (generally 14 days prior to the expiration on your I-94). On the other hand, you should also not file for a SSN too soon either. You should wait 2 weeks after you arrived in the US before applying for a SSN. If you go too soon your record of arrival will not be in the SAVE-ASVI system yet, and it will require manual verification from the USCIS. As this will add weeks to the period it takes to process the SSN, it is advisable to attempt to wait the two weeks to be safe. If you have waited the 2 weeks and they tell you they can not verify you arrival record via the SAVE database, you may allow them to to process it (but remember the potential delay for manual verifications). You can ask if they will check the computer again for you in a few days or return personally to have them look again -- thus eliminating the manual verification. The manual verification will require the SSA office to file a G-845 with the USCIS. To apply for a SSN you will need to go to your local SSA office and bring the documents below. These documents are proof of your eligibility to file for a SSN: 1. The SS-5 form you downloaded and filled out (they have some at the office if you forget). 2. your Passport (with the K-1 Visa in it) 3. your valid I-94: Electronic I-94 Copy; or (for older entries) an original (and bring a front/backside copy) of a valid paper I-94 4. another form of valid ID (as defined in the SS-5 instructions) 5. You should also bring the document RM 10211.530 that you printed out Make sure to bring all the documents above because some offices have staff that are not aware that a K-1 Visa Holder is eligible to file for a SSN. A friendly reminder is a nice thing to have -- if not you could be turned away incorrectly. Once you have successfully applied for your SSN, the SSN card will come in the mail in about 2 weeks. You can check on the status of the SSN application and/or often get the SSN in advance by returning in person (try calling) to the SSA office. If you need your SSN before it arrives in the mail you may ask them for an SSA-7028, Notice to Third Party of Social Security Number Assignments, to be sent to your employer or other interested third party once a SSN has been assigned. Your card, when you receive it, will be marked with the words "VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH INS AUTHORIZATION" indicating to an employer that you must also have an unexpired EAD to be eligible to work. :: For K2, K3, K4 Visa Holders :: As a holder of a K2, K3 or K4 visa you must first have an EAD from the USCIS. You will be required to show this to the SSA agency to be eligible to receive a SSN. To apply for a SSN you will need to go to your local SSA office and bring: 1. The SS-5 form you downloaded and filled out (they have some at the office if you forget). 2. Passport (with the K-2, K-3, or K-4 Visa in it) 3. your valid I-94: Electronic I-94 Copy; or (for older entries) an original (and bring a front/backside copy) of a valid paper I-94 4. another form of valid ID (as defined in the SS-5 instructions) 5. A valid EAD Only persons age 12 and older must apply in person. A derivitive visa beneficiary (K2 for example) may elect to have their parent (the K1 for example) apply on their behalf (they will still need all the required documents). The SSA will most likely need to verify the validity of the EAD and will make a copy to send to the USCIS as part of the SSN processing. Once they verify the EAD you will receive your SSN card in the mail. You can check on the status of your SSN application and/or often get the SSN in advance by returning in person to the SSA office. If you need your SSN before it arrives in the mail you may ask them for an SSA-7028, Notice to Third Party of Social Security Number Assignments, to be sent to your employer or other interested third party once a SSN has been assigned. Your card, when you receive it, will be marked with the words "VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH INS AUTHORIZATION" indicating to an employer that you must also have an unexpired EAD to be eligible to work.
  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. Hello! I have a SSN already because I had a J1 visa BUT my SSN says :"VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION". my question is if i need to remove that condition or what i need to do with that after i get marrieds. TIA!
  20. Hello, excuse me if this is in the wrong forum but I have a few questions for the experts here since I can't really find the answers online. I'm from the Netherlands, and I'm moving to my American wife in Arizona. Everything is approved (after 15 months finally). I paid the immigration /greencard fee like a month ago (like 30 days ago). I still have to finish up some business here in the Netherlands, i'm getting rid of my house and i'm quitting my job by the end of December. My temp immigrant visa is valid until March but i'm planning to go before the end of December. My question is, is my Greencard already on its way to my wife in the USA. Or will it only be send AFTER entering the USA/POE? I can't really find anything about this online. I know it can take up to 120 days though. And the same goes for my Social security number. Because I want everything to be ready as soon as I enter the usa. I want to work asap and open a bank account etc. I don't want to sit still for another few weeks/months after I arrive. Is it possible to already work with that temporary immigrant visa? And how about opening a bankaccount and getting a creditcard etc, is that even possible right now? Or do I have to wait till we receive my greencard and ssn etc? And what do they exactly do and ask at the POE when you're entering with that temporary immigrant visa? I read some reviews here but it wasn't really detailed. Thanks for your time
  21. IT'S been a month now and I still dont have my Social security number. They said it's supposed to be 2 to 3 wks only. I badly needed it for work purposes. Any one here had the same experience? Im here in Las Vegas Nevada. My entry is K1 visa. Thank u for anyone who replies.
  22. Hello everyone, I'm a DV2019 winner and successfully passed the interview. Subsequently, I arrived in the US at the end of August. However, I haven't yet received the Social Security Card even though I checked the item "if you want to provide your personal information to apply for a social security card?". It's almost a month since I have arrived in the US. I asked the Social Security Administration(SSA) by phone but they replied my case doesn't exist in the system. Should I visit a nearby SSA and apply for my Social Security Card instead of just waiting ineffectively? Does anyone encounter similar situations like what I am facing? Thank you
  23. 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?
  24. Hi folks, I'm preparing documents in order to apply for F2A(I-130/I-485/I-864) for my wife. Unfortunately, I encountered a problem while filling the form I-864. The instruction of I-864 states applicants must provide their Social Security Number, but I don't have one. I I don't have a SSN because I'm waiting for Social Security Administration to mail my SS card at the same time. My question is, can I mail all F2A required documents including a Form I-864 without a social security number on it to USCIS? (Due to the priority date of F2A in September and October are current, I want to seize this opportunity and apply F2A ASAP) Many thanks!
  25. Hello everyone, I just became a new immigrant by winning the diversity lottery, DV2019, and got a one-year temporary green card sticker in my passport in the end of August. Currently, I want to apply for a social security card, but I'm abroad in my country,Taiwan. A couple of questions confuse me. Q.1 : Can I visit the Social Security Administration in Guam where is the nearest SSA from Taiwan and apply for my social security card? Q.2:Can I access my social security "number" right away as applying for a SS card in the SSA in Guam? Q.3: Besides, can I leave an US address, Plano in Texas, where I''ll live, on the SSN application Form and require the SSA in Guam to file my social security card to that address? Thank you so much.😊
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