Non-U.S. citizens can now apply for a Social Security number or replacement Social Security card at the same time they file for a lawful permanent resident status or green card, according to Víctor Rodríguez, public affairs specialist at the Social Security Administration. This new service eliminates the need to visit one of the Social Security offices, saving people time and effort.
The Social Security Administration recently partnered with the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to expand its Enumeration Beyond Entry program. Here’s how it works:
- When you complete your ‘Application to Register Permanent Residence’ or ‘Adjust Status (Form I-485),’ USCIS will send Social Security Adminstration information from your approved application to request an original or replacement Social Security card. You can find form I-485 at https://www.uscis.gov/i-485.
- Once Social Security receives and approves your Social Security card request, it will mail your Social Security card or replacement card to the address you gave on your I-485 application.
- Your Social Security card will arrive within seven business days after you receive your Permanent Resident Card from USCIS.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Social Security could not receive visitors at its field office except for previously arranged appointments on special limited critical situations. However, it continues providing services by phone and internet. If there are questions on Social Security benefits and services, access www.socialsecurity.gov
Individuals could also access the Administration’s automated services at 1-800-772-1213 or call the local Social Security office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. To locate the telephone number of a local field office, input a residential zip code at https://www.ssa.gov/locator/ .