In the recent past many executive orders and policy updates have been announced affecting various immigration features. Earlier last month was announced one new procedure which will aide thousands of non-immigrants especially international students.
The new procedure will allow certain non-immigrants to seek employment authorization document (EAD) and social security number (SSN) simultaneously.
Many federal agencies are joining hands to share information in order to reduce duplication of work, save time and develop efficient processing systems. Based on the information sharing partnership between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), the USCIS recently announced that foreign nationals in certain categories can now apply for EAD and SSN simultaneously using one single form I-765 which is primarily an application to seek EAD.
We all know that to work legally in the United States, foreign workers in certain categories are required to obtain EAD as well as SSN.
According to the USCIS announcement, the beneficiary who seeks to obtain both the EAD and the SSN can now complete the new Form I-765 and submit the requested documents along with the form to the USCIS.
The revised form includes additional questions and information segments which on completion will allow the applicant to apply for SSN as well as for replacement card without actually visiting the Social Security Administration office.
The additional information that the USCIS will receive from the form I-765 will be shared with the SSA office for processing the SSN for the applicant.
USCIS also mentioned that applicants who receive their approved EADs will also receive SSN card from the SSA office within the following two weeks.
This revised procedure will certainly reduce the lengthy and time consuming process required to obtain both the EAD and the SSN as well as it will reduce hurdles in the documentation process.
Earlier the applicant was required to first apply for EAD and upon receipt of the EAD submit application to the SSA to obtain SSN card.
The purpose of an EAD is to provide documentation to show employers that foreign-born individuals are authorized to work in the United States over a certain period of time. Employers use SSNs to report worker wages to the government. SSNs also provide a tracking method in terms of an individual’s eligibility for certain benefits.
The supporting documents required to be submitted along with the application include:
A copy of Form I-94 (front and back),
A copy of previous EADs, if the applicant has had any,
2 photos with a white background taken no earlier than 30 days before submission,
Other supporting documents that demonstrate the applicant’s eligibility to obtain the EAD (such as I-797 receipt notices, documents showing the alien’s non-immigrant status, I-20 in case of international students, spouse documents (H-1b approval notice, recent pay stubs, I-140 approval notice) or I-485 application).
It is advisable to seek competent legal advice as additional documents required may vary on case by case basis.
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