U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that immigrants applying for a Green Card from within the United States can also apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) or replacement card as part of the same application. According to the USCIS press release, applicants for LPR status (lawful permanent resident, also called a Green Card) can apply for an SSN or replacement card as part of adjusting their status application.
“This extension of our partnership with the Social Security Administration illustrates our commitment to more effectively manage our country’s immigration system to save applicants time. Eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy and maximizing collaboration between public service agencies is a key priority for this agency and the Biden-Harris administration.”
– Ur M. Jaddou,
The I-485 filing fee will not increase but will include processing the Social Security card.
A Green Card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card) allows someone to live and work permanently in the United States. Green Card holders need a Social Security Number (SSN) to work in the United States, to receive Social Security benefits, to conduct business with a bank or financial institution, to pay taxes or to be listed as a dependent on a tax return, and for other purposes.
• Submit your Form I-485 Green Card application.
• When USCIS approves the I-485 application, it will electronically transmit the data to the SSA.
• The Social Security Administration will automatically assign an original Social Security Number or issue a replacement card, depending on the case.
The application process for a Green Card may seem relatively straightforward, but immigration law is confusing and rapidly changing. The instructions published by USCIS do not cover all the requirements or issues that an immigration officer will evaluate in reviewing an application. A simple error or missed deadline can create substantial delays and extra costs that can be extremely challenging to overcome and can result in denial of your Green Card application.
If you have questions about whether you qualify for a Green Card, or need help with your LPR application, the experienced Green Card lawyers at Godoy Law Office can provide legal advice and guide you on your journey to the American Dream. Contact us today at 630-912-0322.