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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

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