Document Checklist for obtaining a Social Security Number and Card
The following documents are needed to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) and card for most immigrants and migrants who are not citizens of the US, and where no special circumstances are involved:
- A completed application form. Click
to obtain an online version of the form.
- Unexpired foreign passport (with picture and date of birth)
- Any ONE of the following:
- Form I-551 (i.e. your machine-readable immigrant visa stamped in your passport); OR
- I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record usually stapled to your passport); OR
- Green card or Work permit card (I-766 or I-688B)
If you are on a dependent visa (like an H4 or L4), it is highly recommended you also bring (in addition to the above):
- the exact documents mentioned above for the primary visa holder (your spouse)
- marriage certificate (for spouse)
- birth certificate with parents' name (for child)
The documents required for a US citizen are different and include:
- US birth certificate or equivalent AND
- US passport or US Government issued photo ID
The documents required for an identity change (like a name change) vary and depend on why the name changed. They could include any of the following: a marriage certificate, a divorce decree, Certificate of Naturalization showing the new name or court order, as the case may be.
The documents required for a foreign student who wants to work on or off campus are slightly different. Click
for further information.
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