Are you wondering if you can get a job without a Social Security number? Generally speaking, you do need an SSN if you want to work in the United States, but there are exceptions. If you want to find out who can get a job without a number, as well as when you should apply for an SSN and how to go about it, then continue to read the rest of this article.
Who Can Get A Job Without An SSN
Those who come to America from another country can get a job without a Social Security number. However, they will need appropriate documentation, such as paperwork or a visa that gives them authorization to work in the United States. If they do not have an SSN or appropriate paperwork, then legally they cannot work in the country.
It’s important to point out that when you file taxes, the IRS requires those who have an SSN to include it on tax returns. If you have an SSN, then you’ll need to fill it in on your tax return. Otherwise you will have to follow the instructions the IRS provides.
When To Apply For An SSN/SSN Card
You apply for an SSN when you become a United States citizen or if you’re a permanent resident. Some eligible non-immigrant workers can apply for an SSN number. If you are a non-immigrant worker or plan on moving to America, then you might need to get an SSN if you want to work, but you can find more information on the Social Security Administration’s website. When you apply for a visa, you should check to see when you should apply for a Social Security number.
If you have a Social Security card, then you will want to keep it safe. If you lose your card or it gets stolen, then reapply for a card right away. You can apply for a card at your local Social Security Administration’s office.
How To Apply
The way you will apply for a Social Security Number depends on your circumstances, but no matter what your situation is you will apply for a number with the SSA, short for Social Security Administration. Once you get a Social Security Number, you can start looking for work, but you might want to keep your SSN card safe.
If you apply for a visa from overseas, you should be notified about how to apply for an SSN. For example, if you are working alongside an immigration lawyer, they should tell you how to apply for a number or in your visa paperwork there may be a section that explains how to apply and obtain an Social Security Number.
Now you know more about working and not having an SSN. As you can see, for the most part you do need one unless you are from overseas and have the appropriate paperwork that allows you to work in the country. Remember, if you’ve lost your Social Security Card, then apply for a social security card online as soon as possible.