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Old Feb 3rd 2019, 7:21 pm
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Hi All

Well I am doing some pre planning before my move later in the year and trying to find out how easy is it to apply for the SSN when in USA for myself and family ? what documents do I actually need? I have found online the centre local to where I will be working.just not so clear on the paperwork side

How long does it normally take ?

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Old Feb 3rd 2019, 8:07 pm
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Hi
I was issued with the numver almost immediatey but had to wait 2/3 weeks for the actual card
requirements were straightforward https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
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If you are not a US Citizen, then you need to present the completed form and your passport and green card or an employment authorization document or the visa which is in your passport.

Depending on the type of visa you are entering with your family may or may not be eligible for a social security number.
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Hi All

Well I am doing some pre planning before my move later in the year and trying to find out how easy is it to apply for the SSN when in USA for myself and family ? what documents do I actually need? I have found online the centre local to where I will be working.just not so clear on the paperwork side

How long does it normally take ?

Thanks
What visas will you and the family have?

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Old Feb 3rd 2019, 8:30 pm
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I will be on a l1 visa and my wife on spouse l2.i presume I can still apply for Ssn
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Old Feb 3rd 2019, 8:40 pm
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Yes you can, but not until after you enter the USA on the L1 visa.
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25 years ago i turned up at the local ss office and asked for a ss number. They gave me one and I've had it ever since.
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You can apply for a SSN after you enter on L1. You need the SSN application and your passport with visa inside. It takes a couple of weeks to arrive in the mail.

Your wife may need to wait untll she has an EAD in hand in order to apply for her SSN.

The kids will not be able to get a SSN. When you file your first US tax return, you can apply for an ITIN numberfor them.

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After entering USA with L1/L2 visas
check details of i94 on https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
click on "get most recent i94" - print this out,

wait 7 days before going to the nearest SS office ( to ensure that you will be found in SAVE database)
passports with stamps
i94 for both of you
birth certificates
marriage certificate for your wife

Fill out the form https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
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Originally Posted by petitefrancaise View Post
After entering USA with L1/L2 visas
check details of i94 on https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
click on "get most recent i94" - print this out,

wait 7 days before going to the nearest SS office ( to ensure that you will be found in SAVE database)
passports with stamps
i94 for both of you
birth certificates
marriage certificate for your wife

Fill out the form https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
Thanks , will i need a Birth certificate for myself?
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Thanks , will i need a Birth certificate for myself?
That is the SSA's first choice of document to determine date of birth, if you don't have one and can't get one within 10 days then they will use your passport for DOB
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Thanks , will i need a Birth certificate for myself?
No, your UK passport is sufficient. My Canadian didn't need his birth certificate. His passport was fine as for proof of birthday.
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No, your UK passport is sufficient. My Canadian didn't need his birth certificate. His passport was fine as for proof of birthday.
sorry Rete This is no longer the case.
If you cannot get a Birth certificate then they will use your passport but if you have one, you should bring it
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To answer the OP's original question of how long does it take-
if you go to the SS office before 7 days after arrival and the SAVE database cannot verify your immigration status automatically, then your immigration status will be manually verified and this means a wait of 4-6 weeks for your ss card.
If you go after 7 days, then you should be ok and it will be with you within 10-14 days.

Until March last year, you were pretty good to go if you could print out your i94, but then they messed around with the databases and now it takes longer for SAVE to be updated by immigration/homeland security
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sorry Rete This is no longer the case.
If you cannot get a Birth certificate then they will use your passport but if you have one, you should bring it
Sorry, PF, but you have contradicted yourself in an effort to prove me wrong.

From form S-5

Evidence

IN GENERAL, you must provide a birth certificate. In some situations, we may accept another document that shows your age. Some of the other documents we may accept are:

US Hospital record of your birth (created at the time of your birth)
Passport
Etc.

You will note the words IN GENERAL. It does not say MANDATORY. No where on the S-5 does it say if you can't get a birth certificate we will accept ... blah blah blah. While it is prudent to have your birth certificate, if you don't have one or fail to bring it with you at the time you apply for SSN and if you only have your passport, that is sufficient. The rules have not changed. Are the same from 1964 when I first applied for a social security card, 1998 when my husband applied for his social security card and today.
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