Obtain Your Social Security Card
Social Security Card and Number
As a K-1 Fiance Visa holder, CR-1 Spousal Visa holder (conditional or permanent resident), you are eligible to obtain a Social Security Card. Accordingly your Social Security Number (SSN) comes with the card.
In is important to realize that the SSN will help you to work in the United States, obtain insurance, conduct business with a bank or financial institution. Also, it pay your taxes or to be listed as a dependent on a tax return, and for other purposes.
You do not have to wait for your Green Card to obtain your SSN. Therefore, apply for the card soon after arriving in the United States.
It is best to get your SSN, and for any children under an IR-1/CR-1 visa, as soon as possible.
For IR-1 & CR-1 Visa Holders Only
FOR CR-1/IR-1’s: If You Requested a SSN When You Applied for Your Visa (Not Recommended)
If you requested a social security card when completing your visa application through NVC, U.S. Department of State (DOS), Form DS 230, “Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration” or the electronic Form DS 260, “Immigrant Visa Electronic Application”, the DOS and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will share with the Social Security Administration (SSA) the information needed to issue you a social security card. Therefore, you do not need to fill out an application or go to a Social Security office to get a social security card.
The SSA will assign you a SSN and Social Security card after you arrive in the United States. They will mail your Social Security card to the U.S. mailing address where the Department of Homeland Security will send your Green Card. If you change your address after moving to the U.S., call the SSA to update your address.
Important Note: The reason why we don’t recommend that you use this method in obtaining a social security card is that it can take up to 5-8 weeks to get your card, if you get it at all through this method. Many people in the past complain about this method. If you don’t get your Social Security Card in 5 weeks, call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.
For Both K-1 & IR-1/CR-1 Visa Holders
FOR K-1’s & IR-1/CR-1’s: If You Did Not Request a SSN When You Applied for Your Visa (Recommended)
If you did not request a social security card as part of your visa application through NVC, you should go to your local Social Security office to apply for a SSN and card. Click here to find your nearest SSA office.
When you visit the local SSA office to apply for a Social Security card and SSN, bring the following required documents with you:
- Your and your children’s, if applicable, passport(s) with the Immigrant Visa stamp or Green Card if you have it already.
- your birth certificate and a birth certificate for each member of your family applying for a Social Security number.
A Social Security representative assists you in completing the application (Form SS-5). You receive your social security card within 2 weeks after applying. If you did not receive your card in 3 weeks, call your local SSA office.
For K-1 Fiance Visa holders, your new social security card may be stamped with “Not Eligible to Work in the United States”. You can get a new card without this stamp after to get your work authorization permit. IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa holders do not get this stamp as they are eligible to work as soon as they enter the U.S. and have their visa stamped at the POE.
For some reason, the K-2’s and IR-2/CR-2 children take a little longer. It takes about 5-8 weeks to get their social security number at the SSA checks with USCIS to make sure of their documentation.