Is a Social Security Number Required to Work in the US?
One of the most common questions that U.S. immigrants ask is if they need a Social Security number to work. Social Security numbers are used to report a person’s wages to the government and to determine their eligibility for Social Security benefits.
Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain if temporary workers need to obtain a Social Security number to get a job in the United States.
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Do I Need a Social Security Number If I Have a Visa?
Essentially, you need a Social Security number to:
- Get a job
- Collect Social Security benefits
- Receive other government benefits
If you are a temporary worker in the United States, your employer will ask you for a Social Security number.
To qualify for a Social Security number, you need to seek authorization from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). However, it is important to note that not all companies will require you to provide a Social Security number since they may only ask for your driver’s license.
How Do I Apply for a Social Security Card?
If you are in the United States with a work or family visa and an employer is asking you to provide a Social Security number, you can apply for one. Applying for a Social Security card is free.
You need to do the following to obtain a Social Security number:
- Complete the Social Security Administration application,
- Provide the requested information to prove your identity, work-authorized immigration status, and age, and
- Take your application, and original documents requested to the Social Security office.
The Social Security Administration stresses the importance of presenting original documents or copies certified by the issuing agency. They will not accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents when applying for a Social Security card.
They need to prove authenticity because they will present those documents to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS will need to prove your identity and immigration status.
How Long Will It Take for Me to Get My Social Security Number After Applying?
It may take several weeks to receive a Social Security number. The processing time varies since the Social Security Administration must wait for the DHS to verify your documents before issuing you a Social Security number. Once the DHS verifies your information, the Social Security Administration will mail out your card.
Can I Start Working While I Wait to Receive My Social Security Card?
Yes, you can start to work before you receive your social security number.
To start working, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will require your employer to use your Social Security number to report your wages once you receive your card. While you wait, your employer should request a letter from the Social Security Administration that states you requested a number, and the employee is authorized to work in the United States.
How Can I Obtain Work Authorization in the United States?
If you don’t have the authorization to work in the United States, you can apply for an employment visa. There are various types of visas you can apply for depending on you:
- Level of education
- Work experience
We know that applying for a work visa in the United States can be complicated. For such reasons, our team a Akula & Associates P.C. can help you find the right work visa for you.
Our Dallas immigration attorneys have a long history of helping companies and employees complete their visa applications. We have the knowledge and experience needed to help you obtain your desired results.