U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have created a new partnership where foreign nationals can now apply for work authorization and a social security card using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
To lawfully work in the United States, foreign workers in some categories and classifications need both an employment authorization document (EAD) from USCIS, and a Social Security Card from the SSA. Previously, applicants needed to submit a Form I-765 to USCIS for an EAD, and then submit additional paperwork in-person at their local Social Security office to obtain an social security card and number.
Now, applicants can apply for a social security card or replacement card without visiting a Social Security office. Effective immediately, USCIS will transmit the additional data collected on the Form I-765 to the SSA for processing. Moving forward, applicants who receive their approved EADs from USCIS should receive their Social Security card from SSA within the following two weeks. (more…)