The U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) serves a multifaceted purpose, primarily for recording an individual’s earnings and determining their entitlement to Social Security benefits. It also plays a crucial role in various government processes and services. Let’s delve deeper into the significance of the SSN, its applicability to workers, and some other essential details you should know.
In some instances, nonimmigrant visa holders may be required to file taxes in the United States. If your nonimmigrant status doesn’t qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN), you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). We cover the basic steps to obtain an ITIN if you are a nonimmigrant visa holder in the United States here.
In some cases, a foreign national is not eligible to obtain a Social Security number (SSN) while waiting for their immigration case to process. In such cases, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) may be obtained for tax processing purposes. Here’s how to determine whether you are eligible for an ITIN—and how to get one.