Not affiliated with the US Social Security Administration

New Social Security Number or Card for Noncitizen with Visa

In general, only noncitizens who have permission to work from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can apply for a Social Security number.

You can not apply for a Social Security number until you enter the United States.

Lawfully admitted noncitizens can get many benefits and services without a Social Security number. You do not need a number to conduct business with a bank, register for school, apply for educational tests, obtain private health insurance, apply for school lunch programs, or apply for subsidized housing. You cannot get a Social Security number for the sole purpose of obtaining a driver’s license.

You will need documents showing :

  • Immigration status (ex. Form I-551, I-766, I-94 and foreign passport)
  • Work eligibility (ex. Form I-94 or DHS (I-766))
  • Identity (ex. Form I-551, I-766, I-94 and foreign passport)

See here for details :

http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm

Ads

Recent Content

Tips on Filing for Social Security Benefits

This is a good article with several tips on when and how to apply for Social Security benefits.

When to file :

* For a retirement or Medicare claim, file three months before you want your benefits to begin.

* For disability, file as soon as possible.

You can largely file online, with the notable exception of a survivor claim for a widow, widower or surviving child. Call Social Security to schedule an appointment.

One-Page Overview of Social Security Disability

Here's a good overview of Social Security disability which answers the following questions :

Who does the SSA consider disabled?

What is the SSA’s definition of disability?

What evidence does the SSA require to prove my medical condition?

What if my medical condition is not in the Blue Book?

Does the SSA have any other requirements for disability benefits?

What if I am able to earn a small income?

If I am unable to work, am I guaranteed disability benefits?

Explanation of Windfall Elimination Provision and Social Security Benefits

This is a very good article which explains, in common language, the reason for the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). WEP may be called "double dipping" in common terms.

The article also gives an overview of how Social Security provides a better "rate of return" to low income workers.

Excerpts :

But in a nutshell, I can tell you that Maria’s $1,150 benefit represents about 90 percent of her average lifetime monthly wage. Whereas Frank’s $2,400 Social Security check is probably about 40 percent of his average monthly pre-retirement income.

Ads

Ads

Not affiliated with the US Social Security Administration