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What documents are needed to apply for a social security number , while using a EAD card?

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I recently got my EAD card in the mail and i am now trying to apply for my ss number, as i never had one before. My foreign passport , which is the only form of identification i have, has been expired since July, but still has a valid unexpired Visa. Are these documents ( passport / Visa and EAD) enough to apply for my SSN?

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  1. Yes, they should be enough.


  2. Not an immigration question.


  3. Social Security requires evidence of your Immigration Status, Authorization to Work, Age, and Identity. Your Work Permit will satisfy most of these requirements. In order to establish your age, however, Social Security states: "You must present your foreign birth certificate if you have it or can get it within 10 days. If not, we will consider other documents such as your passport or a document issued by DHS as evidence of your age." Thus, your best bet would be to present your original birth certificate, if available. If it is unavailable, you should consider renewing your passport. An expired passport may be a problem.

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  4. Your EAD card and your birth certificate should to it. Take your passport with you even if expired.

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