The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have finally agreed to share information, resulting in less paperwork for foreign nationals in certain categories. In the past, applicants had to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD), informally known as a “work permit”, from USCIS via Form I-765. Then, applicants had to apply again for a social security number in-person from their local Social Security office.
There are numerous benefits resulting from this change. Applicants will no longer have to visit their local Social Security office, since USCIS is automatically forwarding I-765 information to the SSA. Moreover, applicants can save hours by not having to make appointments, fight traffic, and stand in line at the SSA office. The SSA would also save money due to efficiency gains, as resources formerly devoted to processing in-person appointments could be redirected elsewhere. Promisingly, applicants should be receiving their SSA cards just 2-3 weeks after receiving their EADs from USCIS.