How to Apply for SSN

Updated: Jul 3


The Social Security Number or SSN is a 9-digit number given to US citizens, permanent residents and temporary working residents. This number is used for Social Security, tax and credit purposes. It is important to guard this number with your life. Other people can steal your identity once they obtain your SSN. Below is the guide to applying for SSN.



1. Look for the nearest SSA Office.


2. Bring Required Documents: a. Passport

b. For those who came with Fiance(e) Visa, I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport.

For those already have work permit or GC, bring original work permit or GC.


3. Completely filled out Form SS-5




Note for Fiance(e) Visa Holders:

  • Some SSA offices do not know the procedures on SSNs for fiance(e) visa holders so you may just need to wait until you receive your EAD or GC before you can get SSN.

  • You can still apply for Adjustment of Status even without SSN.





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