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Old Jul 29th 2004, 3:43 pm
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Hi again everybody. Here I am again asking some more questions. Did anybody here do something about their social security after their naturalization? I remembered the day I got naturalized, a lot of organizations where there telling the new citizens about support groups, voting and etc. And somebody from the social security office said that it is important that we update them with our new citizenship (status) or something like that. If someone did so already, will you please share what you went thru? thanks.
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Old Jul 30th 2004, 12:21 am
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I became a US citizen this past June. Immediately after the ceremony, I
went to the Social Security office, showed them my Naturalization
Certificate, had my old Social Security card taken away (it had the
following written on it: "Valid For Work Only With INS Authorization) and my
new one (without the text mentioned above) arrived in the mail within 10
days. Very simple and painless procedure.

I also had a chance to correct my mother's maiden name, my date of birth AND
city of birth. They had the incorrect information on file. So that was a
good thing!


shower wrote:

    > Hi again everybody. Here I am again asking some more questions. Did
    > anybody here do something about their social security after their
    > naturalization? I remembered the day I got naturalized, a lot of
    > organizations where there telling the new citizens about support groups,
    > voting and etc. And somebody from the social security office said that
    > it is important that we update them with our new citizenship (status) or
    > something like that. If someone did so already, will you please share
    > what you went thru? thanks.
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Old Jul 30th 2004, 12:28 am
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I became a US citizen this past June. Immediately after the ceremony, I
went to the Social Security office, showed them my Naturalization
Certificate, had my old Social Security card taken away (it had the
following written on it: "Valid For Work Only With INS Authorization) and my
new one (without the text mentioned above) arrived in the mail within 10
days. Very simple and painless procedure.

I also had a chance to correct my mother's maiden name, my date of birth AND
city of birth. They had the incorrect information on file. So that was a
good thing!



shower wrote:

    > Hi again everybody. Here I am again asking some more questions. Did
    > anybody here do something about their social security after their
    > naturalization? I remembered the day I got naturalized, a lot of
    > organizations where there telling the new citizens about support groups,
    > voting and etc. And somebody from the social security office said that
    > it is important that we update them with our new citizenship (status) or
    > something like that. If someone did so already, will you please share
    > what you went thru? thanks.
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Jul 30th 2004, 12:44 am
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Originally posted by M Duarte
I became a US citizen this past June. Immediately after the ceremony, I went to the Social Security office, showed them my Naturalization Certificate, had my old Social Security card taken away (it had the following written on it: "Valid For Work Only With INS Authorization) and my new one (without the text mentioned above) arrived in the mail within 10 days. Very simple and painless procedure.

I also had a chance to correct my mother's maiden name, my date of birth AND city of birth. They had the incorrect information on file. So that was a good thing!
What if my social security card is without the text? Do I need to do anything with it after I become a citizen?

Thanks!
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Old Jul 30th 2004, 12:58 am
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Duarte wrote on 7/29/2004 17:28:

    > I became a US citizen this past June. Immediately after the ceremony, I
    > went to the Social Security office, showed them my Naturalization
    > Certificate, had my old Social Security card taken away (it had the
    > following written on it: "Valid For Work Only With INS Authorization) and my
    > new one (without the text mentioned above) arrived in the mail within 10
    > days. Very simple and painless procedure.

Well, most people get rid of the restrictions on the card when they become
permanent residents. So, there would be no change when becoming a US citizen.
In addition, their practice of taking the old card away has resulted in
problems for some people who want to take up new employment. They had to
wait for the new card to arrive, which in some circumstances has taken
several months.
Simply not taking the old card with you when going to the SSA office takes
care of these problems...

-Joe
 
Old Jul 30th 2004, 12:40 pm
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Thank you all for the reply. My social security card has nothing written on it either. I tried calling social security a lot and it was so busy. Anyway, I am going to take a trip there soon I guess. I just don't understand why we have to this all over again thnks again!
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Old Jul 30th 2004, 5:13 pm
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shower wrote:
    > Thank you all for the reply. My social security card has nothing written
    > on it either. I tried calling social security a lot and it was so busy.
    > Anyway, I am going to take a trip there soon I guess. I just don't
    > understand why we have to this all over again thnks again!
    >

If your card does not have the "Valid For Work Only With INS
Authorization" I don't think you have to do anything
 
Old Jul 30th 2004, 8:22 pm
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Joachim Feise <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Duarte wrote on 7/29/2004 17:28:
    >
    > > I became a US citizen this past June. Immediately after the ceremony, I
    > > went to the Social Security office, showed them my Naturalization
    > > Certificate, had my old Social Security card taken away (it had the
    > > following written on it: "Valid For Work Only With INS Authorization) and my
    > > new one (without the text mentioned above) arrived in the mail within 10
    > > days. Very simple and painless procedure.
    >
    > Well, most people get rid of the restrictions on the card when they become
    > permanent residents. So, there would be no change when becoming a US citizen.
    > In addition, their practice of taking the old card away has resulted in
    > problems for some people who want to take up new employment. They had to
    > wait for the new card to arrive, which in some circumstances has taken
    > several months.
    > Simply not taking the old card with you when going to the SSA office takes
    > care of these problems...

Good suggestion. Providing the SS Office with the SS # should be
enough for them to look up in the database.



    >
    > -Joe
 
Old Jul 30th 2004, 8:23 pm
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shower <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Thank you all for the reply. My social security card has nothing written
    > on it either. I tried calling social security a lot and it was so busy.
    > Anyway, I am going to take a trip there soon I guess. I just don't
    > understand why we have to this all over again thnks again!

I wonder whether you can just mail the application fo chnages with
notarized copy of your US citizenship.
 
Old Jul 30th 2004, 8:24 pm
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n400la <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Originally posted by M Duarte
    > > I became a US citizen
    > this past June. Immediately after the ceremony, I went to the Social
    > Security office, showed them my Naturalization Certificate, had my old
    > Social Security card taken away (it had the following written on it:
    > "Valid For Work Only With INS Authorization) and my new one (without the
    > text mentioned above) arrived in the mail within 10 days. Very simple
    > and painless procedure.
    > >
    > > I also had a chance to correct my mother's
    > maiden name, my date of birth AND city of birth. They had the incorrect
    > information on file. So that was a good thing!
    > >
    > >
    >
    > What if
    > my social security card is without the text? Do I need to do anything
    > with it after I become a citizen?
    >
    > Thanks!

I think you should do it. It will update your resident/nonresident status.
 
Old Jul 30th 2004, 10:01 pm
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I did try updating my status and getting the text removed from my card.
Unfortunately, I had a misinformed Social Security officer who told me that I
could not get the text removed from my card until I became a US citizen. Oh
well! I am a USC now and the text is gone, so no big deal, I guess! )

TO THE POSTER --- There was a question on the form I had to fill out which asked
me if I am a US citizen (if anything, it made me feel good answering "Yes" to that
question for the first time). Even though you don't have the text (Valid For Work
Only With INS Authorization), if I were you, I would make a little trip to the
Social Security office just to have that information updated. As I understand,
the information in the Social Security Administration system is shared with other
government institutions (i.e. IRS). Not sure how relevant it is that they know you
are now a USC, but that question is there for a reason!

Just a thought!



Joachim Feise wrote:

    > Duarte wrote on 7/29/2004 17:28:
    > > I became a US citizen this past June. Immediately after the ceremony, I
    > > went to the Social Security office, showed them my Naturalization
    > > Certificate, had my old Social Security card taken away (it had the
    > > following written on it: "Valid For Work Only With INS Authorization) and my
    > > new one (without the text mentioned above) arrived in the mail within 10
    > > days. Very simple and painless procedure.
    > Well, most people get rid of the restrictions on the card when they become
    > permanent residents. So, there would be no change when becoming a US citizen.
    > In addition, their practice of taking the old card away has resulted in
    > problems for some people who want to take up new employment. They had to
    > wait for the new card to arrive, which in some circumstances has taken
    > several months.
    > Simply not taking the old card with you when going to the SSA office takes
    > care of these problems...
    > -Joe
 
Old Jul 30th 2004, 10:14 pm
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I think you should do it. It will update your resident/nonresident status.
I'm resident already - what will it update then?
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Old Jul 31st 2004, 3:23 pm
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Yes, thanks Duarte. I dopped by yesterday afternoon at the SS office and asked what to do. But DUMB ME forgot to bring the naturalization certificate. They said they needed to see it before they approve my application. So I took the application form home and will just go back there next week with the needed document. Anyway, they said that it is important to update the status of naturalized citizen for some benefits and things like that.
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