Monday, November 26, 2018

How to Apply for a Social Security Number

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A Social Security Card contains a nine digit unique number known to many as Social Security Number (SSN), and it’s issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) upon completing your application.

This nine digit unique number is to recognize people in their computer system most of the people who use it are business, schools and different government agencies.

The Social Security Number (SSN) is a must have for taxpayers, working class people and also anyone who wants to live in the United States for the rest of their lives. 

Without the Social Security Number (SSN) you cannot be employed by one. Also keep it in mind that without SSN, you’ll not be able to collect your Social Security Benefits and also receive some services from the United States government.

Banks and credit companies will sometimes ask for your Social Security Number and Social Security Card. 

Below is comprehensive information on how to apply for a Social Security Number in the United States.

The Social Security Number is usually alienated into three parts. The first three digits show the state of residence and time a person applies for their first card. 

The two middle digits of a SSN don’t have a huge significance. The last four digits symbolize a straight numerical progression of assigned numbers.

Types of Social Security Cards issued in the United States of America.

1. The first type of Social Security Card is the one which most people bear and it’s been in existence since 1935. The card contains the applicant’s name and Social Security Number (SSN). It enables permanent residence aliens in the United States and citizens to work without restrictions. 

2. The second type of Social Security Card has a legend written “Not Valid for Employment”. This is usually issued to foreigners who have been lawfully admitted to the United States of America but needs the SSN in order to get a benefit or service as required by the state, federal or law. 

3. The third type of Social Security Card has been in existence since 1992 and it bears the legend “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION." This one is given to people who are in the United States on a temporary basis and have been allowed by the USCIS to work.

The Social Security Card Application Process 

If you are a first applicant for Social Security Number (SSN) or would want to replace your stolen or lost Social Security Card, or want your card to bear your new names, then you must fill the Form SS-5 (Application for a Social Security Card) with your nearest Social Security office

This service is usually free of charge and the forms can be obtained online free of charge, or at your nearest Social Security office, or by calling Social Security's national toll free number: 1-800-772-1213.

Go through the instructions keenly on the Social Security application form carefully. One is also required to provide their original supporting documents, including proof that you are a lawful alien. This should be accompanied by the Social Security application form.

If you are age 18 and above and have never been issued a Social Security Number before, then you must apply in person or send your SSN application form and supporting documents by mail. 

In this instance your documents will be sent back to you by the Social Security office. If you feel uneasy sending your original documents, one can take them to the nearest Social Security Office in person.

If you’re Social Security Number / SSN does not permit you to work in the United States then don’t use it or you’ll risk being deported and also your visa being revoked. 

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