The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that immigrants applying for a green card within the United States are now able to apply for a Social Security number or replacement card within the same application. This new policy can allow immigrants to apply for both their green card and Social Security number with much more ease during this daunting application process.

Before this change, applicants had to apply for their Social Security number separately at the Social Security office. The USCIS has updated their Form I-485 which is the Application for Adjustment Status to include an additional question asking whether or not the applicant would be interested in applying for their own Social Security number.

If you have questions regarding this new modification and how it may affect you and your immigration status, contact our experienced New York immigration attorneys at The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David today. We are dedicated to ensuring our clients’ immigration processes run as smoothly as possible. Continue reading to learn more about the USCIS’s new application.

Why are green card and Social Security number applications now in one?

USCIS Director Ur Jaddou states that “eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy and optimizing collaboration across public-serving agencies is a key priority for this agency and the Biden-Harris administration.” This expansion in the USCIS’s partnership with the Social Security administration further illustrates the USCIS’s commitment to operating the United States’ immigration system more efficiently and to save applicants time.

If you have any questions regarding the new application process, contact our New York immigration law firm today to discuss your specific needs and how our firm can best address them.

What is the process of applying for a green card and Social Security Card within the same application?

Applicants will have until October 13, 2021, to submit the new or previous version of Form I-485, and after that, the new version of the form will need to be submitted from then on.

After the USCIS approves an applicant’s Form I-485, the Social Security Administration will issue the applicant a Social Security number or replacement card. The government filing fee for Form I-485 will stay the same price, which is currently $1,225.

If you have questions concerning this new process or anything relating to the Form I-485, our experienced New York immigration attorneys are committed to helping you acclimate to this new policy. Give us a call today to discuss your needs and how we can best help you.

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