Do I need a SSN to work on a TN Visa?

A social security number (SSN) is not required to start working in the United States on your TN visa. While you wait for your SSN to arrive, your employer can use the letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) showing that you applied for a social security number, and your valid immigration documents to prove you have received legal authorization to work in the United States. You should wait at least 10 days after approval of your TN visa before applying for a SSN. The following link explains how to obtain a social security number: SSN Foreign National

Where do I get my social security card?

After you have been approved for your TN visa and receiving your valid I-94, you are able to go to any Social Security Administration Office (SSA) to apply for your social security number (SSN). Upon presentation of the proper supporting documents, your social security card will be mailed directly to you.

What documents do I need to get my social security number on a TN?

In general you will need to present the following documents in order to obtain a SSN on a TN Visa:

  1. Completed Social Security Card Form (Form SS-5)
  2. Valid unexpired passport.
  3. TN visa admission stamp in your passport showing the validity dates of your TN visa.
  4. Your Form I-94 record of admission showing your valid TN visa.

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