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I have an employee with a social security number and drivers license, but no green card. Is she legal to work in the US?

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She entered US with Mexican Passport and was given a social security card based on her passport, but no green card.

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No on these facts

NYC EXPERIENCED IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS; email:; Phone: (866) 456-­8654; Fax: 212-964-0440; Cell: 212-202-0325. The information contained in this answer is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


She could be eligible for work without having a green card. Consult the guidelines in form I-9 (Employment Verification Eligibility). You can find it on, under Forms tab. There are a host of documents that could make a person eligible to work and they are listed in I-9 form.


What did she check on Section One of the I-9 form?

(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.


I agree with my colleagues. Read the I-9 instructions closely and, if still in doubt, meet with an attorney.

Be careful about the anti-discrimination law that may 'kick in' if you ask for more documents.

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