The Social Security

Social Security Building

525 B St.
San Diego, CA 92101-4401
Ph (619) 557-5081


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What is The Social Security ?

In the United States, a Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents.

The number is issued to an individual by the Social Security Administration, an independent agency of the United States government.

Its primary purpose is to track individuals for taxation purposes. In recent years the SSN has become a de facto national identification number.

A social security number may be obtained by applying on Form : SS-5 Application for A Social Security Number Card

Superficially, Social Security resembles traditional employer pensions: Americans pay into the system during their working years and receive a monthly pension during retirement.

Which one do i Need

Three different types of Social Security cards are issued. The most common type contains the cardholder’s name and number. Such cards are issued to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

There are also two restricted types of Social Security cards:
One reads “NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT.” Such cards cannot be used as proof of work authorization, and are not acceptable as a List C document on the I-9 form.

The other reads “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION.” These cards are issued to people who have temporary work authorization in the U.S. They can satisfy the I-9 requirement, if they are accompanied by a work authorization card.

Why you need one ?

Most of the times it is asked in case you need to rent a house financing a car or apply for a credit card.

Who can Apply ?

If you are an intern or doing your OPT you can be eligible to get a social security number.

Ask your employee to see if you are eligible and  help you start the process.

For more information go to http://www.ssa.gov/