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Social Security: What's New For 2021 - Mosaic Wealth Strategies Group, Ltd.

Social Security Website and Application

Website: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

Applicationhttps://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf

 

Anyone age 12 or older requesting an original Social Security number must appear in person for an interview.

 

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

Documents Required for a Social Security Card

Citizenship

  • US birth certificate or US passport 

Age

  • Birth certificate 

May be accepted:

  • Religious records made before age of 5 showing date of birth
  •  US hospital record of birth
  • US passport 

Identity

US driver’s license; state-issued ID card; US passport

If you do not have, you could show: 

  • Employee ID
  • School ID 
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Military ID 

Each document must be current.

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

You can replace your Social Security card for free if it is lost or stolen. However, you may not need to get a replacement card. Knowing your Social Security number is what's important. You are limited to three (3) replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime. Legal name changes do not count toward these limits. Also, you may not be affected by these limits if you can prove you need the card to prevent a significant hardship.
 

Citizenship

US birth certificate or US passport 

Identity

  • US driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card 
  • US passport

If you do not have, you could show: 

  • Employee ID
  • School ID 
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Military ID

Each document must be current. 

Note: SSA may use one document for two purposes. For example, SSA may use your U.S. passport as proof of both citizenship and identity.

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

Citizenship

 

One of the following: 

  • US passport
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550/N-570)
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N-560/N-561)
  • Certificate of Report of Birth (DS-1350)
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240, CRBA)

 

Age

  • Foreign birth certificate

If you do not have, the following can be considered: 

  • Passport
  • Document from Department of Homeland Security

Identity

  • US driver’s license; state-issued ID card; US passport

If you do not have, you could show: 

  • Employee ID
  • School ID 
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Military ID 

Each document must be current.

 

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

What is needed for a replacement card for a foreign-born US citizen:

Citizenship

Same as for original. 

Identity

Same as for original. 

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

In general, only noncitizens who have permission to work from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can apply for a Social Security number.

Immigration Status

To prove your U.S. immigration status, you must show us your current U.S. immigration document, such as:

  • Form I-551 (Lawful Permanent Resident Card, Machine Readable Immigrant Visa);
  • I-766 (Employment Authorization Document, EAD, work permit); or
  • I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport.
  • If you are an F-1 or M-1 student, you also must show us your I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status).
  • If you are a J-1 or J-2 exchange visitor, you must show us your DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status).

Work Eligibility 

If you are a foreign worker, we only need to see an I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport showing a class of admission permitting work. Some foreign workers must show their I-766 (Employment Authorization Document, EAD, work permit) from DHS.

Student:

If you are an F-1 student and eligible to work on campus, you must provide a letter from your designated school official that:

  • Identifies you;
  • Confirms your current school status; and
  • Identifies your employer and the type of work you are, or will be, doing.

We also need to see evidence of that employment, such as a recent pay slip or a letter from your employer. Your supervisor must sign and date the letter. The letter must describe:

  • Your job;
  • Your employment start date;
  • The number of hours you are, or will be, working; and
  • Your supervisor's name and telephone number.

If you are an F-1 student authorized to work in curricular practical training (CPT), you must provide us your Form I-20 with the employment page completed and signed by your designated school official.

If you are an F-1 student and have a work permit (I-766) from DHS, you must present it.

If you are a J-1 student, student intern or international visitor, you must provide a letter from your sponsor. The letter should be on sponsor letterhead with an original signature that authorizes your employment.

 

If you do not have permission to work: 

Lawfully admitted noncitizens can get many benefits and services without a Social Security number. You do not need a number to conduct business with a bank, register for school, apply for educational tests, obtain private health insurance, apply for school lunch programs or apply for subsidized housing. You cannot get a Social Security number for the sole purpose of obtaining a driver's license.

Government benefits or services:

 If you do not have permission to work, you may apply for a Social Security number only if:

  • A federal law requires you to provide your Social Security number to get a particular benefit or service; or
  • A state or local law requires you to provide your Social Security number to get general assistance benefits for which you already have qualified.

If you need a number to meet these state or local requirements, you must bring us a letter from the government agency. It must be on letterhead stationery (no form letters or photocopies) and:

  • Specifically identify you as the applicant;
  • Cite the law requiring you to have a Social Security number;
  • Indicate that you meet all the agency's requirements, except having the number; and
  • Contain an agency contact name and telephone number.

Taxes: If you need a number for tax purposes and you are not authorized to work in the United States, you can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Visit IRS in person or call the IRS toll-free number, 1-800-TAXFORM (1-800-829-3676), and request Form W-7 (Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).

If you are assigned a number for non-work purposes, you cannot use it to work. The Social Security Administration will inform the Department of Homeland Security.

Age

  • Foreign birth certificate

If you do not have, the following can be considered: 

  • Passport
  • Document from Department of Homeland Security

Identity

  • I-551 Permanent Resident Card;
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record with unexpired foreign passport or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport; or
  • I-766 Employment Authorization Document, (EAD, work permit) from DHS.

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

What is needed for an replacement card for a noncitizen:

 

Immigration Status

Same as for original.

 

Work Eligibility

Same as for original.

 

Age

Same as for original.

 

Identity

Same as for original.

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

To learn which documents you will need to apply for a corrected card as a US citizen, a foreign born US citizen or a noncitizen, please visit the Social Security Administration website: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm

 

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