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USCIS New Partnership, New Future

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Earlier this week USCIS had announced that applicants filing for lawful permanent resident status (LPR) are also able to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) or replacement card as part of their adjustment of status application process.

How the system worked previously, were these individuals had to apply for a Social Security number at a social security office. Now USCIS is revising the I-485 Form, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to include the additional questions needed for an SSN or replacement card.

Once an I-485 is approved, USCIS will electronically transmit the data to the Social Security Administration. After receiving the data, the Social Security Administration will assign an original SSN or Issue a replacement card. With this newfound partnership with the Social Security Administration will not increase the filing fees of the I-485.

According to USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou this expansion of partnership is to illustrate their commitment to the nation’s immigration system in a more efficient way thus optimizing collaborations across agencies and to move towards the priority of USCIS and the Biden-Harris administration.

The change of the I-485 Form starts effective immediately.

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