Once the immigration process is complete, and an individual finds themselves standing on U.S. soil, it may seem like the battle is over.
While, for the most part, that is true, there are still a few tips and tricks that you should be aware of, in order to make your transition as smooth as possible.
One of the first things that should be done is to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN). Technically, any individual authorized to work in the United States may apply for a Social Security number. In order to make the application as easy as possible, it is best to wait a period of roughly 10 days after being granted entry into the United States, so that the Social Security system’s database updates your nonimmigrant status.
During the application process, you have likely been dealing exclusively with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a completely separate entity. The SSA is generally known as the agency which administers social security benefits to workers.
The application form can be obtained through the use of the SSA website at ssa.gov, or it can be obtained in person in a local SSA office. Regardless of where the form is obtained, however, applying for a SSN must be done in person at a SSA office.
If you have any questions about SSN’s, or obtaining them, please get in touch with an immigration attorney immediately. In our next entry, we will go over some of the required forms and documents for SSN applicants, as well as the next step to take upon receiving an SSN.