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OIS NEWS - 10/02/2017

USCIS Updates Form I-765 to Include Optional Application for a Social Security Card

On October 2, 2017, the USCIS announced that foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications may apply for work authorization and a social security number (SSN) simultaneously using the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.  Previously, those foreign nationals eligible to file Form I-765 would be required to apply separately in-person at a local Social Security office for an SSN.  The updated Form I-765 will permit applicants to simultaneously apply for both an employment authorization document (EAD) and an SSN.  Applicants who receive their approved EADs in the mail from the USCIS will likely receive their new Social Security card from the Social Security Administration approximately two weeks later.


Please note that only certain individuals within particular categories or classifications may be eligible to apply for and receive employment authorization from the USCIS using Form I-765.  These categories and classifications include, but are not limited to, F-1 international students applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) as they near the end of their academic studies, as well as dependent spouses in nonimmigrant classifications such as E-2, J-2, L-2, and in limited circumstances, H-4. 


If you already are a recipient of an SSN and you are (or will be) eligible to apply for employment authorization using Form I-765, you will be required to provide your SSN on Form I-765.  Please note that beginning 12/04/2017, the USCIS will only accept the 07/17/2017 edition of Form I-765.  For additional information about Form I-765, please refer to the USCIS website. 


Questions? Feel free to contact the Office of International Services.