I recently got my EAD under TPS, the same day I received my EAD by mail I went to SSA and applied for my SSN, the field officer told me I must wait 2-4 weeks before having my SSN by mail.
I got a job and my employer is asking for my SSN, the question can I start working with them since I am authorized to work in the USA and my SSN is still pending?
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Yes, and the Form I-9 is clear that a SSN is not required. It may complicate the employer's payroll until you receive it, but it isn't part of the employment authorization process. USCIS puts out a handbook for employers, M-274, which the company can refer to. Good luck!
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Yes, you can start working. An SSN is required to be completed on form I-9.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) 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.
Yes, as long as you have your work authorization you can start working. If your employer has questions, refer themto the website, www.ssa.gov. The following is copied from that website:
To help ensure that only those who should receive a number do so, Social Security has taken extra steps to ensure the integrity of Social Security numbers. The changes to the way Social Security assigns numbers and issues cards may cause a delay of several weeks or months in receiving a number. This fact sheet addresses employer responsibilities when hiring foreign workers (e.g., students or cultural exchange visitors) who have applied for and are waiting to receive a Social Security number and card. Note that the employee may work while the Social Security number application is being processed.
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