A person’s social security number is probably one of the most important tools of survival because you need to present it when you apply for a job or request government services and benefits like education loans, health care, or access to employment networks and participation in development programs of your choice. And with this number comes your social security card that not only contains your identity, but also states that the law allows you to work in the country, whether you are a permanent resident or not, and that you are entitled to certain benefits and social services even if you are not a permanent resident. Normally, when you apply for a social security number, you are also given a social security card along with it.
When you are applying for your card and number for the first time, you would need certain documents depending on whether you are an adult or a child, a U.S. born citizen, a foreign born U.S. citizen, or a non-citizen. Basically, to do this, you would need to complete the application form for a social security card, and bring documents to prove U.S. citizenship, age, and identity to your local social security office. If you are age 12 or older, you will be required to have an interview at the same office. Documents that show proof of citizenship include U.S. birth certificate, consular report of birth, passport, and certificate of naturalization or citizenship. For the proof of age, you need to present your birth certificate or passport, and for proof of identity, you need to present your driver’s license, any state-issued non-driver identification card, or passport.
If you are a non-citizen and you’re an adult who needs it because you are a student in internship, or you are not working and require care and services from government agencies, you have to complete the same requirements above plus proof of work eligibility and immigration status. You would also be asked to present documents of employment from your school or office and a certification from the Department of Homeland Security allowing you to work.
If you want to get a number for your child, it is easier to get it done when the child is a newborn, as you can do it the same time you apply for the baby’s birth certificate. If you decide to do it on a later date, you need to show proof of identity, age, citizenship, as well as your own evidence of identity. You should remember that the social security administration protects your personal information and requests you do the same by discouraging you to share your social security number, even with a friend, unless absolutely necessary.
To make the most out of your social security card application, it would be good to know where the local office in your area is and make sure you have all the necessary documents ready before applying for one.