Understanding SSN Persistence

Once assigned, your SSN remains constant, unaffected by changes in visa status or employers. Regardless of shifts in your nonimmigrant status, your SSN remains your consistent identifier for employment purposes.

Decoding SSN Restrictions

Non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents may encounter work-related restrictions on their SSN cards. These restrictions, explicitly stating “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION” or “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH INS AUTHORIZATION,” indicate dependence on DHS work authorization.

Working with an SSN and Visa: A Dual Requirement

While possessing an SSN is crucial for employment documentation, it is not a standalone authorization for work. Nonimmigrant visa holders must complement their SSN with a valid work visa, ensuring compliance with immigration regulations. Using only an SSN without an accompanying visa constitutes an immigration violation.

Addressing Expired Visas or Job Changes

In scenarios where visas expire or employment shifts occur, obtaining a new visa becomes imperative for continued work authorization with your SSN. Revalidating your work authorization requires presenting updated immigration documents, including your permanent resident card, Employment Authorization Document, Form I-797 Approval Notices, or foreign passport along with Form I-94.

Ensuring Legal Compliance for Seamless Professional Experiences

A keen understanding of SSN terms and associated conditions is paramount for legal compliance. Stay informed to navigate transitions smoothly and uphold work authorization standards while contributing to the professional landscape in the United States.


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