social security card

Waiting 10 days from your arrival in the USA helps to get your Social Security card quicker. Then apply at the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) office located at: Suite 1450, 110 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072. The office is open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except on Wednesdays, the office closes at 12 PM.  The phone number is 877-253-4715.
When applying with SSA, you must bring the following:
• Your passport with J-1 VISA
• I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (go to following website to obtain your I-94 admission record: CBP.gov/194)
• DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status

After applying, SSA will give you a letter stating that you have applied. Give a copy of this letter to your employer. You may begin working before you receive your Social Security Card. It is illegal for an employer to withhold your wages because you don’t have your SS Card yet. You must be paid for the time you work, regardless of whether or not you have been assigned a SS number.

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