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Social Security Card

by new2usa.com

What is a Social Security Card?

A Social Security number and card is used by the government to keep track of earnings and witholdings. The Social Security witholdings are disbursed to people who have retired or are disabled.

Why is a Social Security Card important?

It is needed before you can obtain other things. For example, you cannot open most checking accounts or get a credit card without a social security card. Many organizations and schools use this number to identify people.

Steps:

  1. Locate the Social Security Office in your area.

  2. Stop by your local office to get an application or download a printable application from the Social Security Administration Web site.

  3. Bring the application and supporting documents to your local office.

    You cannot mail the application. Most importantly, you will need to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status, which means bringing your visa or green card. You will also need a document that proves your age and who you are. A birth certificate or a school record is suitable. Driver's license, Marriage or divorce record, Military records, Employer ID card, Adoption record, Insurance policy , Passport , Health Insurance card (not a Medicare card) and School ID card are all other forms that can be used for identification. They must be original documents or certified copies of the documents.

  4. Wait for your card.

    You will receive the card by mail in a few weeks. Be sure to give them a correct address. If you do not have a permanent address, use the address of a friend or your business address.

More Information on getting a Social Security Card

Wondering what in the world this card is and why everyone has to have your number? You can't get a checking account, a credit card, or other things you desperately need without one. Confused and don't understand what in the world this card is and how to get one? Don't be!

In 1935, Social Security began as a system to keep track of earnings and eventually benefits for people who work. Since the beginning, they have issued 392 million numbers. The number itself is a nine-digit number based on where you apply from and the number of the application.

There are three types of Social Security cards:

  1. The first shows the person's name and number. This type allows them to work without restriction.
  2. The next one is for people who are lawfully admitted to the USA without work authorization. On the card, it says "Not valid for employment."
  3. The last type is for people lawfully admitted to the U.S. for a temporary period of time with INS approval to work. On this card, it says, "Valid for work only with INS authorization."
If you know the steps, obtaining a Social Security card is a simple process. First, you must locate the Social Security office nearest you. You can do this by entering your zip code into the Social Security branch locator on the Social Security Administration website. It will provide you with the address and telephone numbers nearest you.

Second, you will need to go into your local office to fill out an application or get an application online and bring it to the nearest office. The application cannot be sent by mail. However, you will need to provide an address where your card can be sent. If you do not have a permanent home address, use your work address or a friend's address.

To get a new card, you will need to provide several documents. Most importantly, you will need to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status. You will also need a document that proves your age and who you are. A birth certificate or a school record is suitable. Driver's license, Marriage or divorce record, Military records, Employer ID card, Adoption record, Insurance policy, Passport, Health Insurance card (not a Medicare card) and School ID card are all other forms that can be used for identification. They must be original documents or certified copies of the documents.

Also, there are bilateral Social Security agreements between the U.S. and 17 countries. This allows for the elimination of dual Social Security agreements and taxes for multinational and expatriate workers. The Social Security Administration can provide you with more information.

If you need more general information about obtaining a Social Security number and your rights, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit the Social Security Administration online.

Provided by and copyright 2000 new2usa.com

Disclaimer: This article was part of ILW.COM's Immigrant Life section designed to help immigrants in their move to America. The section is being discontinued and some articles from the section are being serialized in Immigrant's Weekly and will be added to our permanent archives.


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