My SSN Application Experience - Dade City, FL

Friday, February 24, 2017

Why do I need to get a Social Security Number? 
As per Social Security Administration page, this nine-digit number will serve as your first and continuous link with Social Security. This will help the SSA to accurately record your covered wages or self-employment earnings, as well as to monitor your benefits records. In short, you need a Social Security number to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services.

What do I need to bring at the office to apply for SSN?
As a Non-citizen, I have to bring a document that proves I have a valid immigration status and that I am authorized to work in the US. Together with my unexpired passport, I brought my Employment Authorization Document (EAD). For detailed requirements, check here. I also saved myself sometime because I already have a filled-up Application Form. Check here for the most updated SS application form.

So, how did I get mine?
Right after I received my EAD card, I planned to apply for the Social Security Number (SSN). And since I can't wait for my husband to have an off from work, I decided to go to SSN office on my own. I don't know how to drive yet so I have to walk from our house to the office. Good thing is that, it's not that far away, only a 35 minutes walk - just like my morning exercise routine.

Using my phone's GPS, I walked to my destination talking my time - one step at a time. I went out early and I arrived at the SSN office at almost 9 am. At that hour, the office was already jam-packed without any seat to take. So, you better plan to go early in the office. But before I go ahead to find a spot to stay, I have to use the kiosk first to get my ticket number. After getting my ticket, I waited for almost half an hour before my number got called. The lady just asked for my documents and application form then started typing in her computer. She asked me basic questions from time to time confirming all my information. Afterwards, she gave me a paper as a proof that I applied for SSN and told me to wait for the card in the mail. It arrived after 6 days. :)

Getting SSN is FREE. You don't have to pay for anything. :)

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