On August 9, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that green card applicants can now apply for their Social Security Number (SSN) or a replacement card at the same time as they apply for permanent residency (green cards). This new procedure is in response to the Biden Administration’s announcement on Monday of a new relationship between USCIS and the Social Security Administration. Prior to this move, immigrants couldn’t do both at the same time and had to apply for their Social Security number at a Social Security office, which took longer. Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, will be amended by USCIS to reflect the change. There will not be any change to the filing fee for Form I-485.
USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou said, “This expansion of our relationship with the Social Security Administration demonstrates our dedication to operating our nation’s immigration system more efficiently to save applicants time.” “A key aim for this agency and the Biden-Harris administration is to eliminate superfluous bureaucracy and improve coordination across public-serving agencies.”
How To Apply for Green Card and Social Security Number Simultaneously
Every year, USCIS receives roughly 576,000 I-485s, according to the agency. If your Form I-485 is granted, you will be given a green card, which will grant you permanent residency and the opportunity to work in the United States. After USCIS approves your I-485, they will electronically send your information to the Social Security Administration so that your number can be processed. “Once the data is received, the Social Security Administration will assign an original SSN or issue a replacement card, if needed.”
Filing Fee for Form I-485
The filing fee for Form I-485 will remain unchanged. To figure out how much you’d be responsible for, look at the chart below.
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