What does it mean "Valid for work only with DHS authorization" in Social Security Number?

Can I apply any government benefit with this SSN such as grant, food stamp, etc?

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Clint Curtis

Clint Curtis

Social Security Lawyers - Orlando, FL

Mr. Norfleet is correct.

Additionally, these cards can be used as indetification for other purposes as any SS card would be. Following are the three types of cards presently available.

They include:

The first type of card shows the individual's name and Social Security number (SSN) only. This is the card most people have and reflects the fact the card holder can work in the United States without restriction. SS issues this card to:
U.S. citizens; or
Noncitizens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence and noncitizens with DHS permission to work permanently in the United States (e.g., refugees and asylees).
The second type of card bears, in addition to the individual's name and SSN, the legend: NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT. SS issues this card to lawful noncitizens who do not have DHS permission to work, but are required by law to provide a SSN to get general assistance benefits they already qualified for.
The third type of card bears, in addition to the individual's name and SSN, the legend VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION. They issue this card to people with DHS permission to work temporarily in the United States.

Andrew W. Norfleet

Andrew W. Norfleet

Social Security Lawyers - Lemoyne, PA

The Social Security Administration issues this type of card to people who are lawfully admitted to the United States on a temporary basis who have DHS authorization to work.

Here is alink that may be helpful to you:


Good luck to you.

Andrew W. Norfleet, Esquire Helping disabled individuals throughout Pennsylvania. awn@norlaflaw.com www.norlaflaw.... more
Clifford Michael Farrell

Clifford Michael Farrell

Social Security Lawyers - Columbus, OH

Will repost under state law.

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