by Chris Musillo

One constant challenge for immigration foreign nationals is obtaining a Social Security Number once they have entered the US. Traditionally, the Social Security Administration (SSA) made Social Security Number cards available via in-person visits immediately or almost immediately after one entered the US. Effective August 1, 2014, however, the SSA will no longer provide Social Security Number card printouts. It will now take up to two weeks before the SSNs are issued.

The SSA, says that the an applicant can get an instant letter online with a personal my Social Security account, or they may continue to call the SSA toll-free to request a letter by mail. The phone number is: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

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