Anyone that has been legally authorized to work in the United States on a valid work visa is able to obtain a Social Security number (SSN), including Canadian and Mexican citizens that have approved TN Visas. Here’s how you do it.
How and where do I get my Social Security card?
After you have been approved for your TN Visa and receive your valid I-94, you are able to go to any SSA Office to apply for your social security number (SSN). You will need proof of your identity and legal authorization to work in the United States in order to obtain an SSN on a TN Visa, which generally means you will need to present the following documents:
- A completed Form SS-5
- A valid unexpired passport
- A TN Visa admission stamp in your passport showing the valid dates of your TN Visa
- A copy of your Form I-94 record of admission showing your valid TN Visa
Upon presentation of the proper supporting documents, your Social Security card will be mailed directly to the address you provide.
When should I apply for an SSN?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recommends waiting at least 10 days after approval of your TN Visa before applying for an SSN. While you wait for your SSN to arrive, your employer can use the letter from the SSA showing that you have applied for an SSN, and your valid immigration documents to prove that you have received legal authorization to work in the United States.
Additional Outside Resources
- SSA: Social Security Numbers and Immigrant Visas
- SSA: Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card
- USCIS: I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
We Can Help!
Don’t know where to start? We have more than 20 years of experience helping Canadian citizens obtain TN Visas. If you have questions about your particular situation, contact Richards and Jurusik for a free assessment of your TN Visa matters.