Almost everyone who are United States citizens ought to know about the SSN. A Social Security Number (SSN) refers to a nine-digit number that is issued to United States citizens, permanent residents, and working nonimmigrants.
Social Security Administration give the number to track people’s employment for Social Security benefits. Over the years, the SSN has become a de facto national identification number for both taxation and other purposes.
Social Security Number (SSN)
The SSN is also a common component that can be found on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms.
How To Find Your Social Security Number
If you are issued a Social Security Number, then you can find it on your Social Security card. You can also find the number on tax returns, previously filled USCIS forms, W-2s and bank statements.
If you don’t have the SSN, then you may generally answer as “N/A” in SSN spaces on USCIS forms. Some people with nonimmigrants visas are not issued a Social Security Number. If your number got lost, then you may also recover it from an employer, as they keep it among information on file.
How To Apply For A Social Security Number – For Immigrants
Below are the various steps which an immigrant can apply for SSN:
Apply For An SSN With Your Immigrant Visa
Immigrants can request for SSN as part of their visa application. When filing Firms DS-230 which is the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration or Form DS-260 which is Immigrant Visa Electronic Application, there is an option to request for the SSN. If the option is selected, then you don’t have to submit another application or go to Social Security office to get a card.
You will be assigned with an SSN with a card after arriving in the United States. The card will be mailed to the same United States mailing address where the Department of Homeland Security will send you your Green Card.
After mailing the card to you, it should arrive within 3 to 4 weeks after your arrival in the U.S. If you don’t receive the card by mail, then you can contact the Social Security number which can be gotten on their website: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/
Apply For An SSN When Filing Form I-765 (Employment Authorization)
You can also apply for an SSN when applying for your employment authorization. When filing the Form I-765 with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you can request for your SSN. A lot of Adjustment of Status applicants or DACA recipients uses this process to request for SSN.
Social Security Number Replacement – Replacing a Lost/Stolen SSN
If unfortunately, you lost your SSN or it got stolen or destroyed. Then keep in mind that it can be replaced. There is no need to replace the card if you have saved the number. You can get more details on replacing an SSN card by visiting the Social Security Administration Website.
The replacement service is free. Noncitizens are required to fill out and print an and take or mail the application and document to their local Social Security offices.