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Applicants for Adjustment of Status Can Now Simultaneously Apply for a Social Security Number

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated the Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status simply to streamline the Social Security number application for applicants.

USCIS publicly announced on Monday, August 9, 2021, that immigrants applying for a U.S. green card within the U.S. will now be able to apply for a social security number (SSN) or replacement card as part of the same application.

In the past, applicants were required to separately apply for a social security number at a social security office. USCIS has updated Form I-485 by including additional questions asking applicants whether they would like to apply for a social security number. Applicants will be allowed to file either the new or the previous version of the Form I-485 until October 13, 2021, after which all applicants will need to submit the new version of the form.

Director for USCIS, Ur M. Jaddou stated, “This expansion of our partnership with the Social Security Administration illustrates our commitment to operating our nation’s immigration system more efficiently and to save applicants time.” Eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy and optimizing collaboration across public-serving agencies is a key priority for this agency and the Biden-Harris administration.

As soon as USCIS grants an approval for an applicant’s Form I-485, the Social Security Administration will issue the applicant a SSN or replacement card. Note that the government filing fee for Form I-485 will remain the same currently at $1,225.

Visit Your Local Immigration Attorney

If you are filing for lawful permanent residence or are planning on making an adjustment of status in the United States or even if you have any questions regarding the new update USCIS made to the Form I-485 regarding the SSN, visit with your nearest immigration lawyer. Call Gambacorta Law Office today at (847) 443-9303 to get the help you need. Our team of attorneys will gladly walk you through the application process.