You can now apply for a work permit and social security number at the same time, thanks to interagency cooperation.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Social Security Administration has started sharing information. That cooperation now allows foreign nationals to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)—or work permit—and a social security number on a single form: the revised Form I-765.
Previously, individuals had to apply to USCIS for a work permit. Next, they would have to apply in person at a Social Security Administration office for a social security number. Now, applicants simply have to answer a few additional questions on Form I-765 to avoid making a separate in-person visit to a Social Security Administration.
Applicants who receive a work permit from USCIS should receive a social security card within two weeks.
An EAD shows that an individual is eligible to legally work in the U.S. for a specific period of time. Employers use social security numbers to report wages to the government and determine an individual’s eligibility for some benefits.
If you have questions about how this new rule might apply to you, reach out. The Alcorn Immigration Law team can help you apply for a work permit. We can also help you devise a long-term strategy that allows you or your employees to live and work in Silicon Valley. Contact us.