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Old Sep 28th 2007, 6:12 pm
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Has anyone ever had an experience of where a bank will not update your records with a SSN? I moved from the UK to the US on a L1. I managed to get an account opened through HSBC before I moved over. I have recently received my SSN marked as they are with "Only valid for work with DHS authorization". When I took it to HSBC they told me that they cannot update my records as I'm not a permanent resident! Weird! How the hell do I go about building a credit history is the credit reference agencies all key off my SSN?

Anyone any experience of this?
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Old Sep 28th 2007, 6:14 pm
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Has anyone ever had an experience of where a bank will not update your records with a SSN? I moved from the UK to the US on a L1. I managed to get an account opened through HSBC before I moved over. I have recently received my SSN marked as they are with "Only valid for work with DHS authorization". When I took it to HSBC they told me that they cannot update my records as I'm not a permanent resident! Weird! How the hell do I go about building a credit history is the credit reference agencies all key off my SSN?

Anyone any experience of this?
The person you dealt with was an idiot.

Go back and insist on speaking to someone higher up.
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Old Sep 28th 2007, 6:29 pm
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Has anyone ever had an experience of where a bank will not update your records with a SSN? I moved from the UK to the US on a L1. I managed to get an account opened through HSBC before I moved over. I have recently received my SSN marked as they are with "Only valid for work with DHS authorization". When I took it to HSBC they told me that they cannot update my records as I'm not a permanent resident! Weird! How the hell do I go about building a credit history is the credit reference agencies all key off my SSN?

Anyone any experience of this?
As elvira says ... but never show your card ... just memorise the number ...

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Old Sep 28th 2007, 6:32 pm
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As elvira says ... but never show your card ... just memories the number ...
But the guy called branch support, called some other guys in HSBC and they all said that they shouldn't accept it. Its bonkers! I pay federal, state, social and medicare. What the hell is going on?!
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But the guy called branch support, called some other guys in HSBC and they all said that they shouldn't accept it. Its bonkers! I pay federal, state, social and medicare. What the hell is going on?!
Insist on speaking to a VP or higher - all the rest are just drones.
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Touch me.
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What the hell is going on?!
They're talking through their trousers.

Just write/email them with the number.
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Insist on speaking to a VP or higher - all the rest are just drones.
I'll just try another branch. It'll all work out I'm sure
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You could try handing them a W9 form:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

Note that in certain circumstances it can take a while after you arrive for you to become a "US Resident Alien" for IRS purposes.
(See IRS pub 519 for full gory details http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p519.pdf)

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Originally Posted by epymsam View Post
Has anyone ever had an experience of where a bank will not update your records with a SSN? I moved from the UK to the US on a L1. I managed to get an account opened through HSBC before I moved over. I have recently received my SSN marked as they are with "Only valid for work with DHS authorization". When I took it to HSBC they told me that they cannot update my records as I'm not a permanent resident! Weird! How the hell do I go about building a credit history is the credit reference agencies all key off my SSN?
You sure it was due to the type of card you have or was it that they couldn't verify your number as being valid?

SSA puts out a High Group list that shows the highest Group within each SSN Area that has been issued. Some businesses use the list to verify SSNs as being valid. Since you say you were just assigned your SSN so it might not be on the Sept 2007 list and that's why they wouldn't accept the number. See if it is on the current list. If it is and it has an * next to it that means it showed up on the list for the first time and the bank is using an old list. If it's not there see if it's on the next list.

http://www.ssa.gov/employer/ssnvhighgroup.htm

Area Group Serial (AAA-GG-SSSS)

http://www.ssa.gov/employer/ssnweb.htm
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Originally Posted by epymsam View Post
Has anyone ever had an experience of where a bank will not update your records with a SSN? I moved from the UK to the US on a L1. I managed to get an account opened through HSBC before I moved over. I have recently received my SSN marked as they are with "Only valid for work with DHS authorization". When I took it to HSBC they told me that they cannot update my records as I'm not a permanent resident! Weird! How the hell do I go about building a credit history is the credit reference agencies all key off my SSN?

Anyone any experience of this?
My husband had problems getting Verizon to accept his SSN number as valid when we first moved over. They kept telling him it wasn't a valid number because those numbers weren't in the system..... Even though you could go on the Social Security website and clearly see that the first three digits of his SSN were indeed valid. Morons.....
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My husband had problems getting Verizon to accept his SSN number as valid when we first moved over. They kept telling him it wasn't a valid number because those numbers weren't in the system..... Even though you could go on the Social Security website and clearly see that the first three digits of his SSN were indeed valid. Morons.....
I bet it starts with a seven
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I bet it starts with a seven
I bet you're right......
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I bet you're right......
Its a common problem ...
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Its a common problem ...
Thankfully not an issue anymore.....but we do feel like slaves to our FICA scores now....
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