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Do not worry if you do not have a Social Security number (SSN), even though it is requested on your acceptance forms. Just leave the spaces blank. INL will assist you in obtaining a Social Security number or tax number when you arrive.

It is not necessary to obtain a Social Security number in order to obtain your driver’s license. The Social Security Administration no longer assigns SSNs if the sole reason for needing an SSN is to comply with a state statute that requires it for issuance of a driver's license. However, if you need a Social Security number, you can apply for a Social Security card by completing Form SS-5, which is available for download or you can obtain Form SS-5 by calling 1-800-772-1213 or visiting your local Social Security office. These services are free.

Foreign Nationals not already in the U.S. are asked to wait approximately 10 days before visiting their local Social Security office. You will need to submit at least two documents as evidence of your age, identity and lawful alien status. Your passport will suffice to prove age and identity. You also will need an unexpired document issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, such as Form I-551, I-94 or I-766. All documents must be an original or a copy certified by the issuing agency.

Take the application and evidence in person to your local Social Security office. You can find an office location online. You should receive your card within two weeks of the date of submitting your information to process your request. If you have not received your card within this time frame, contact the Social Security office where you filed the application. The office will investigate why it is being delayed.

As soon as you receive your card, contact your HR Staffing Consultant so that you can come in to complete the E-Verify process as well as provide Payroll with your Social Security number.

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