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Old Sep 15th 2021, 2:48 pm
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I became a citizen a month or so ago(!) I already:
  • Got a US passport
  • Registered to vote
The USCIS site says I should update the Social Services Administration. This sounds like a real pain in Covid times so I guess I wondered if this is necessary for everyone? I have had a SSN for many years now and was a PR before a citizen. It seems like nothing will change but if I need to do it then I will do it.

Is there anything else I need to do? Update the BMV?

Thanks
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Old Sep 15th 2021, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by princessconsuela View Post
I became a citizen a month or so ago(!) I already:
  • Got a US passport
  • Registered to vote
The USCIS site says I should update the Social Services Administration. This sounds like a real pain in Covid times so I guess I wondered if this is necessary for everyone? I have had a SSN for many years now and was a PR before a citizen. It seems like nothing will change but if I need to do it then I will do it.

Is there anything else I need to do? Update the BMV?

Thanks
I have not done SSA yet either - I did it after I became a PR, so I have the card with no restriction marked, and plan to update it again post CV19. I forget what, but recall there is some reason they do it.

I'm already had “real id” from the DMV, so waited until my next renewal to update the DMV, but did that, which confused them as I already had real ID. This prompted voter registration in CT on the pin pad, which was annoying as I was already registered and then sent additional contact information I did not want to share with voter registration at town hall, in the had to send in a new form to undo that. So my advice decline this at the DMV or review it carefully.

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Old Sep 15th 2021, 3:48 pm
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It is not a pain to update social security. Find an open office and go in with your original social security certificate and update your status. One reason is because of the difference in the amount death taxes owed by a US Citizen and non-citizen.

The DMV should be updated as you will be needing to update your Real ID driver's license.
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Old Sep 15th 2021, 3:57 pm
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Originally Posted by princessconsuela View Post
I became a citizen a month or so ago(!) I already:
  • Got a US passport
  • Registered to vote
The USCIS site says I should update the Social Services Administration. This sounds like a real pain in Covid times so I guess I wondered if this is necessary for everyone? I have had a SSN for many years now and was a PR before a citizen. It seems like nothing will change but if I need to do it then I will do it.

Is there anything else I need to do? Update the BMV?

Thanks
No big deal about the SSA. I didn’t know I was supposed to do this when I became a citizen. Years later, when I applied for my SS when I was retired, they asked me to come in to the office with my naturalization certificate. So, do it now, or do it later.
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Old Sep 15th 2021, 4:12 pm
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I phoned my local Social Security office, and was told that they are all closed due to Covid, and to come back when they are open. Might have to wait for a while since Florida SS is not in a hurry to reopen.

My DL has been Real ID since the first day I got it.

Passport and registering to vote were easy to do.
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Old Sep 16th 2021, 1:20 am
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I phoned my local Social Security office, and was told that they are all closed due to Covid, and to come back when they are open. Might have to wait for a while since Florida SS is not in a hurry to reopen.

My DL has been Real ID since the first day I got it.

Passport and registering to vote were easy to do.

Just called my local SS office in Florida.
had all my details. I am listed as a LPR.
awaiting a call back to set up an appointment to bring in my naturalization certificate and change to citizen.
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Old Sep 16th 2021, 3:58 am
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In regards to letting SSA know, the difference kicks in regarding eligibility for benefits. For example, an AmCit can generally continue to collect even if absent from the US. Noncitizens are subject to other rules and may or may not be able to collect benefits if outside the US.
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