Good news to immigrants with looser bureaucratic rules for important social security benefits! On August 9, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that applicants can apply for a Social Security number or a replacement card during the filing for lawful permanent resident status application process. Earlier, immigrants had to await the approval of the I-485 application which could take several years and upon approval, then only could applicants apply for a Social Security number at a Social Security office separately (which could take several weeks to receive the social security card).

In accordance with this new partnership, USCIS is revising its form called Application to Register Permanent Residence of Adjust Status (Form I-485) to include questions needed to apply for a new or replacement card and is effective immediately. After the form is completed, the USCIS will send the data entered to the Social Security Administration who will automatically assign either an original number or issue a replacement card.

As per the data provided by USCIS, the agency receives about 576,000 Forms I-485 annually. According to the USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou, this expansion of the partnership with the Social Security Administration illustrates USCIS’s commitment to operate the nation’s immigration system more efficiently to save applicants time.

We, at Emandi Law Firm, are closely monitoring developments in this regard and will keep you posted with further updates.

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