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Old Aug 15th 2010, 5:04 pm
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I have my L1-A visa interview in 2 weeks but will not be relocating with family until December, however between September and December, I will be travelling backwards and forwards between the UK and Texas on business.

Am I able to apply for my SSN number in September once my L1-A is in place or do I need to wait until we relocate in December?

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Old Aug 15th 2010, 7:46 pm
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You should be able to visit the local Social Security Office after 2 weeks of arriving in the US and filling out the SS-5 http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.html
It takes time from the time you arrive in the US and the necessary information of your arrival to be transferred to the Social Security Administration, if you go too early and apply our collective experience on this forum is that it just screws the system up.
You can use your employers address, provided you have someone you trust at work to hold your mail for you, the card will be mailed to you in approx 4 weeks.
Your family will have to wait till they are in the US long enough to apply for theirs.
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A newbie on the forum

I have my L1-A visa interview in 2 weeks but will not be relocating with family until December, however between September and December, I will be travelling backwards and forwards between the UK and Texas on business.

Am I able to apply for my SSN number in September once my L1-A is in place or do I need to wait until we relocate in December?

Thanks
When you get your visa, it will be in your passport. Do you plan on entering in your L-1 status between Sept-Dec, or as a business visitor?

If you enter as an L-1 (check with your lawyer to make sure that is what you will be doing) you will have L-1 *status* in the US. You will be eligible to apply for your SSN at that time.

If you enter as a business visitor, you will not be eligible to apply for an SSN.
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Just so you are aware. I was told by the SSN office in Florida that i had to wait 10 days after arriving on my L1-A visa. I had flown to the US on my visa but then returned to the UK to collect the family and re-entered with them 20 days later.

Went back to the SSN office who told me again i had to be in the country 10 days....

Even though i had arrived on my visa 20 days ago. The 10 days starts from your last entry not the first entry.
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Old Aug 16th 2010, 11:52 am
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Originally Posted by SuperOwls View Post
Went back to the SSN office who told me again i had to be in the country 10 days....

Even though i had arrived on my visa 20 days ago. The 10 days starts from your last entry not the first entry.
I'm in a similar boat. Do you have any links to official text on this?

Many thanks.

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Originally Posted by SuperOwls View Post
Just so you are aware. I was told by the SSN office in Florida that i had to wait 10 days after arriving on my L1-A visa. I had flown to the US on my visa but then returned to the UK to collect the family and re-entered with them 20 days later.

Went back to the SSN office who told me again i had to be in the country 10 days....

Even though i had arrived on my visa 20 days ago. The 10 days starts from your last entry not the first entry.
Originally Posted by HarryTheSpider View Post
I'm in a similar boat. Do you have any links to official text on this?

Many thanks.

Cheers,

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Because that isn't true (about the 10 days), and this would make 3 people I'm reading about in as many days who are L-1s with trouble getting their SSNs, I wonder if there isn't some temp. glitch going on at SSA or with the CBP-->SAVE system.
hmm
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Because that isn't true (about the 10 days), and this would make 3 people I'm reading about in as many days who are L-1s with trouble getting their SSNs, I wonder if there isn't some temp. glitch going on at SSA or with the CBP-->SAVE system.
hmm
Its not true? Well they must have been telling lies at the SS Office then.
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Its not true? Well they must have been telling lies at the SS Office then.
Well, that happens sometimes.

I prefer to say 'misinformation'.
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Well, that happens sometimes.

I prefer to say 'misinformation'.
Well thank god its over and done with. Had to go there 3 times with a 1 hour wait each time and it was like an episode of Jerry Springer every time!
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