Every citizen of the United States is required to have a legitimate
Social Security Number. This number, which essentially documents
identification and fortifies citizenship, is administered through the
Social Security Administration of the United States Federal Government.
The SSA, has a specific process with fairly basic regulations attached
for the Social Security Application associated with immigrants,
temporary United States citizens, and refugees. The Social Security
Application is necessary, for those immigrants interested in legally
working in the United States.
All immigrants who are at least 18
years old, regardless of occupation or particular situation, must apply
for a Social Security card. The Social Security Application is a
mandatory aspect of the visa process, and those who are applying must
lawfully admit permanent residence. The term “lawfully admitted” simply
means that all applicants must legally accord the ability to permanently
reside in the country. Typically, because the information required is
the same, the Social Security application is filed with the Visa
Application is; this combined process saves time and if accepted, will
award the Social Security card to the immigrant in a timely fashion.
to the procedural code of the Social Security Administration, a Social
Security card is required for all citizens to work and receive
government services or benefits in the United States. As a result, the
Social Security application will only be accepted for those immigrants
who are legally permitted to work in the country. This relationship
works in harmonic sense, for the only reason why an immigrant will file a
Social Security application is to legally work in the United States;
government benefits and services are awarded to all individuals within
the country regardless of status.
The process associated with
the Social Security application is fairly universal for all immigrants.
The first step is to contact the Social Security Administration to
obtain the Social Security application. The application can be obtained
through a local government office or by accessing the Social Security
Administration’s website, which is located at: www.ssa.gov.
the Social Security application has been obtained be sure to review the
instructions (found on Form SS-5) for filing the application. The
actual Social Security application is found on the 5th page of the
Social Security packet.
To apply for a Social Security card the
immigrant must gather at least two documents that provide their
immigration status, identity, work eligibility, address, and their age.
The SSA will accept the following documents as proof of basic
information: the Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94), an immigrant visa
with a valid passport attached (Form I-551), or employment
authorization forms (Form I-688B and Form I-766.)
Once the basic
information has been input, and the documents to verify identification
have been gathered, the applicant must contact their local SSA office. A
full list of all local branches can be obtained through the office
locator feature on the government website or by contacting the SSA at
1-800-722-1213. When the office has been contacted, take the completed
Social Security application to the appropriate location, where the
documents will be reviewed and processed if accepted.