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Graham Feb 23rd 2005 7:14 pm

Social Security number
 
I have a Visa interview on MArch 7th and we relo to Delaware on 1st April through immigrant spouse VISA.

Does anyone know how long it takes for the social security no to come through after the VISA is approved - are we talking days, weeks , months?

Graham

Rete Feb 23rd 2005 7:44 pm

Re: Social Security number
 

Originally Posted by Graham
I have a Visa interview on MArch 7th and we relo to Delaware on 1st April through immigrant spouse VISA.

Does anyone know how long it takes for the social security no to come through after the VISA is approved - are we talking days, weeks , months?

Graham


What kind of visa interview? Immediate Relative? K-3? Where is the interview? The US? Or a US Consulate aboard?

Your visa approval doesn't net you a social security no. (note the period after the o). You have to apply for it. If you name and status is on the SAVE system you will have a social security card in your mailbox in 10 days. If it is not, you might have a social security card in your mailbox in 10 weeks.

relo? relocate?

meauxna Feb 23rd 2005 8:11 pm

Re: Social Security number
 

Originally Posted by Graham
I have a Visa interview on MArch 7th and we relo to Delaware on 1st April through immigrant spouse VISA.

Does anyone know how long it takes for the social security no to come through after the VISA is approved - are we talking days, weeks , months?

Graham

If what you wrote means that you expect to receive an Immigrant Visa soon, reports are that your new Social Security card will be initiated by your US entry and mailed to you within 3 weeks.
This recent thread should be of interest to you:
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=285962
Read mdyoungs explanation of SS's process for IV holders.

scotta Feb 23rd 2005 10:20 pm

Re: Social Security number
 
Green Card from Consulate 22 Dec 2004.
Arrive US (Seattle) 31 Jan 05
SS Office 8 Feb
SS Card 11 Feb

On our Immigrant forms we requested a ss no. but nothing would have been done about it had we not gone to the office.

Scott

PS: Our SS applications were witheld and only submitted 1 day apart so as not to get consective numbers in the same family.

We have still not recieved my daughters card. She is only 2, does this have any bearing. Mine and my wifes cards came 1 day apart about 4 days after visiting the office.

Scott

Lucy Feb 24th 2005 3:36 pm

Re: Social Security number
 
"scotta" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
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    > On our Immigrant forms we requested a ss no. but nothing would have been
    > done about it had we not gone to the office.

Why is this? The SSA web site states that the process is automatic and that
the social security card will be mailed to you within three weeks. Was there
something specific to your case that made this not true, or is the
information on the SSA web site incorrect?

Lucy

Lucy Feb 24th 2005 3:40 pm

Re: Social Security number
 
"Rete" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected] m...
    > Your visa approval doesn't net you a social security no. (note the
    > period after the o). You have to apply for it. If you name and status
    > is on the SAVE system you will have a social security card in your
    > mailbox in 10 days. If it is not, you might have a social security card
    > in your mailbox in 10 weeks.

So when you answer the question "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)?" as 'Yes' on the Immigrant Visa application, are
you saying they won't mail it to you. The SSA web site states that it will
be mailed to your U.S mailing address. Is that not correct?

Lucy

Rete Feb 24th 2005 4:49 pm

Re: Social Security number
 
[QUOTE=Lucy
So when you answer the question "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)?" as 'Yes' on the Immigrant Visa application, are
you saying they won't mail it to you. The SSA web site states that it will
be mailed to your U.S mailing address. Is that not correct?

Lucy[/QUOTE]


Yes and no. It is correct if the US Consulate forwards the request to the SSA. If they don't, then the answer is incorrect.

Also just because the DOS forwards the request does not mean that the SSA will send one in three weeks. First you have to active your visa. Some people don't do that right away but take almost the full six months to enter the US. Also you have to be in the SAVE system in order for the SSA to send out the number/card. The SAVE system is not updated daily by the USCIS and not until you enter the US with your visa. Just because the US Consulate approved a visa for you does not mean that it has been activated.

REte

scotta Feb 24th 2005 4:50 pm

Re: Social Security number
 
I am just guessing here, revealing our experience in Feb 05.

We had marked yes on our immigration forms but just went to the Social Security office as the seamingly standard procedure after 10 days of arriving. Our immigrant details were on the save system but there was no record of an application fo social security. Needles to say that after we handed in our applications we got our cards within 4 days.

Scott

Green Card from Consulate 22 Dec 2004.
Arrive US (Seattle) 31 Jan 2005
Social Security Office 8 Feb 2005
Social Security Card 11 Feb 2005
Welcome to USA Letter 18 Feb 2005
2nd Duplicate Welcome to USA Letter 21 Feb 2005
Plastic Green Cards 23 Feb 2005

Lucy Feb 24th 2005 5:39 pm

Re: Social Security number
 
"Rete" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Yes and no. It is correct if the US Consulate forwards the request to
    > the SSA. If they don't, then the answer is incorrect.
    > Also just because the DOS forwards the request does not mean that the
    > SSA will send one in three weeks. First you have to active your visa.
    > Some people don't do that right away but take almost the full six months
    > to enter the US. Also you have to be in the SAVE system in order for
    > the SSA to send out the number/card. The SAVE system is not updated
    > daily by the USCIS and not until you enter the US with your visa. Just
    > because the US Consulate approved a visa for you does not mean that it
    > has been activated.

Thanks for the info. I know someone who just got his immigrant visa last
week, but he won't be coming to the US for a few weeks, since he has some
things to tie up back home first. He had been assured when he went to get
his visa that the SS card would be mailed within three weeks of his entry to
the US. I will let him know that it may or may not happen that easily.

Lucy

Lucy Feb 24th 2005 5:40 pm

Re: Social Security number
 
"scotta" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
news:[email protected] m...
    > We had marked yes on our immigration forms but just went to the Social
    > Security office as the seamingly standard procedure after 10 days of
    > arriving. Our immigrant details were on the save system but there was no
    > record of an application fo social security. Needles to say that after
    > we handed in our applications we got our cards within 4 days.

Thanks for the info. It sounds like this is the quickest way to go.

Lucy

Ivonne Feb 24th 2005 6:46 pm

Re: Social Security number
 

Originally Posted by Lucy
"Rete" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected] m...
    > Your visa approval doesn't net you a social security no. (note the
    > period after the o). You have to apply for it. If you name and status
    > is on the SAVE system you will have a social security card in your
    > mailbox in 10 days. If it is not, you might have a social security card
    > in your mailbox in 10 weeks.

So when you answer the question "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)?" as 'Yes' on the Immigrant Visa application, are
you saying they won't mail it to you. The SSA web site states that it will
be mailed to your U.S mailing address. Is that not correct?

Lucy

I know of several cases, where this didn't work. Either the consulate isn't forwarding the application or else...I don't know. It's always safer to tick "no" on the immigrant visa application and to go for a SSN personally.

meauxna Feb 24th 2005 7:31 pm

Re: Social Security number
 

Originally Posted by Rete
Yes and no. It is correct if the US Consulate forwards the request to the SSA. If they don't, then the answer is incorrect.
REte

FWIW, I believe that CIS actually forwards (or generates) the application to SS at the POE. The immigrant's status (& therefore eligibility) is not updated/transformed to PR until they enter the US with that Immigrant Visa.
Reports from patient people show that the cards are consistantly arriving within 4 weeks. If one goes into SS early, they trigger the manual application procedure. Same net result, just add in a trip or two to SS for those who 'just can't wait'.


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