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- How to get a Social Security Number
- Who should I give my social security number to?
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Social Security is another odd part of the US process and is a piece of thin card that opens the door to many institutions and facilities in the country.
What is it exactly? It’s basically the old-age benefits program (pension) but here’s a great video introducing it:
You want to get your hands on one of these as a priority after moving with a Visa as it is attached to your credit score and everything else you might want to do.
How to get a Social Security Number
- Go to the Social Security website to see what documents you require
- You will need to print your I-94 (Arrival Departure record) from the I94 website
- Fill in your details and then print out the “I-94 Admission Record”
- Continue to “Get this Traveler’s Travel History”
- Print this as well for good measure
- Prepare a letter from your employer (see our example) that:
- Includes your start date for work and your hours (or “Full-time”);
- Your gross income per year;
- Shows what your job is (matching Visa where appropriate);
- Details your Supervisor’s (or manager’s) name and contact details;
- Is on proper letterhead;
- Is signed and recently dated;
- Prepare documentation of your address in the US (e.g. Formal lease or sub-lease agreement that includes landlord’s name and phone number and your address); – Please note, according to the official site, there is no requirement for an address. When I went, it made life a little easier, though.
- Find your nearest office by going to this website;
- Take the above documents and your Passport that contains your visa (and Passport that has entry stamps if separate) to the above office;
- Be kind, provide everything they require;
- Be sent your Social Security “card” in the mail a few days later.
- Take extra good care of this card as getting a replacement is a pain.
Who should I give my social security number to?
This is a question I get asked all the time, and I’ve therefore written a whole article about who you should and should not give your social security number to.
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