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Hi everyone,internationally educated from the Philippines just passed NCLEX-RN, What are the requirements to get a social security number for non citizens in the US?

If youre here already and came with legal papers ot a green card, just go to the SS office and show your I-94 paper. If you took the exam in Manila and have never been to the US or have some form of immigration petition, then I dont think you can get one.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

You need a valid work/immigrant visa allowing you to live and work in the US to obtain a US SSN, unless you are a USC. You apply once in the US and they will check the data base to make sure you are legally in the country with a work/immigrant visa before issuing one? Suggest doing a search for US SSN in google where there are lots of clear information from the US government explaining how to get one.

You can get a ITIN if not eligible for a SSN

"An ITIN is a nine-digit number issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who are required for U.S. tax purposes to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have and are not eligible to get a social security number (SSN)."

Good Luck.....

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

If you are seeking employment a SSN is necessary. Once you achieve a visa sponsorship and its current you can obtain a SSN. The social security administration explains the procedure online. SSA verifies electronically with ICE that you are eligible for a SSN. Employers are mandated to use everify to ensure that the SSN you provide is yours, valid and eligible for employment.

The only non-citizens eligible for a SSN are those with a green card/permanent residency and those with a valid non-immigrant or immigrant work visa (such as EB3 visa)

From the SSA how BoN-citizens obtain a SSN:

Learn what documents you need to get a Social Security Card

An ITIN is not valid for work or a professional license its only valid for paying taxes.

As JustBeachyNurse commented, the ITIN numbers will not be accepted as a form of legal presentation to allow one to work legally in any of the 50 states, it's merely a IRS issued number that allows one to file their income taxes and can either get a refund or may still owe taxes to the IRS and due to a worker that is not eligible to get the working authorized SSN.

The ITIN does not allow for any sort of social security benefits or voting privileges and no employment rights whatsoever.

ITIN = no employment benefits

SSN (those that are valid for employment) = can legally work in the States

There are ONLY three (3) types of SSN...click to this link here: https://allnurses.com/international-nursing/the-three-types-968565.html

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In more regards to the ITIN numbers and straight from the SSA website:

Taxes: If you need a number for tax purposes and you are not authorized to work in the United States, you can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Visit IRS in person or call the IRS toll-free number, 1-800-TAXFORM (1-800-829-3676), and request Form W-7 (Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).

If you are assigned a number for non-work purposes, you cannot use it to work. If you use it to work, we will inform DHS.

Thank you for all the information everyone :-)

States still will issue RN License with no SSN. You can supply a ITIN or simply a letter of explanation will suffice.

State of Illinois is a prime example

States still will issue RN License with no SSN. You can supply a ITIN or simply a letter of explanation will suffice.

State of Illinois is a prime example

It is now Federal law that states cannot issue any kind of professional/occupational license (not just nursing licenses) to anyone without a valid SSN. Some states are taking longer to come into compliance with the law than others. There are still some states that are issuing licenses without an SSN, but that may change at any time; it's not something you can count on.

It is now Federal law that states cannot issue any kind of professional/occupational license (not just nursing licenses) to anyone without a valid SSN. Some states are taking longer to come into compliance with the law than others. There are still some states that are issuing licenses without an SSN, but that may change at any time; it's not something you can count on.

Federal Law means very little in USA, Looks good on paper that is about it. Look at things such as Illegal Immigration, it is Federal Law but most all states allow it, and offer sanctuary cities for Illegals.

I am 100% for not allowing any type of Professional, Occupational, Driver License until one has obtained a valid Social Security Number, not one that is purchased illegally on the street.

I think California just passed a bill to give Driver Licenses to Illegal Aliens.

I think most states now and in the future will allow an "Affidavit" stating they are unable to obtain a SSN, in lieu of a SSN, when pushed by the applicant...

Federal Law means very little in USA, Looks good on paper that is about it. Look at things such as Illegal Immigration, it is Federal Law but most all states allow it, and offer sanctuary cities for Illegals.

I am 100% for not allowing any type of Professional, Occupational, Driver License until one has obtained a valid Social Security Number, not one that is purchased illegally on the street.

I think California just passed a bill to give Driver Licenses to Illegal Aliens.

I think most states now and in the future will allow an "Affidavit" stating they are unable to obtain a SSN, in lieu of a SSN, when pushed by the applicant...

With regards to the "driver licenses" comment, it's only to be given the privilege to drive a vehicle and does not give any sort of benefits to being able to use it for employment or voting purposes.

There are 10 other states that allow undocumented people to be allowed to carry a valid driver's license. These states hope to encourage unlicensed drivers to pass the driver's license test and obtain car insurance and to better the already unlicensed driver to understand the rules and regulations of that state's particular laws.

It started in 1993 with WA, then, years later, UT (2005), VT, NM (2003), NV, MD, DC, IL (2013), CT, CO and with CA just added this year (2015).

But to stay within the original OP's concerns, the driver license does not allow for any benefits to being able to gain employment rights.

Now I have found this article regarding California passing a bill which allows people without SSN to apply for professional license in California

California in the past has proved it has had major issue with it's Board of Nursing and major corruption and the Governor fired most of them a few years ago. I just hope this does not open the door to the Board of Nursing issuing RN licenses to more people more who have gotten their license thru lies or false documents.

CA Bill to Allow Tax ID Instead of SSN | NASBA

Now I have found this article regarding California passing a bill which allows people without SSN to apply for professional license in California

California in the past has proved it has had major issue with it's Board of Nursing and major corruption and the Governor fired most of them a few years ago. I just hope this does not open the door to the Board of Nursing issuing RN licenses to more people more who have gotten their license thru lies or false documents.

CA Bill to Allow Tax ID Instead of SSN | NASBA

There's one catch to the TAX ID Instead of SSN article posted above....while one may get their RN license (if it's one of the 40 state boards, i.e., the CA BRN), it will NOT grant one with the valid working authorized SSN to obtain a job.

Until the CA BRN changes their application forms of accepting this new format, this may not be applicable.

Jus like the driver licenses now able to be issued to the undocumented applicants (provided they pass the vision text, pass the written exam and the driving test), it will allow one driving privileges but can't be used for voting, can't be used to get social security benefits and can't be used for employment rights.

Interesting enough, of the new CA applicants applying for the driver licenses, only about 30% are able to pass the written exam, almost the same stats as the international nurses who have a 30-35% passing rate.

But giving a CA nursing license is good news for some of those, but who's going to hire those that can't provide the proper working SSN and can't be verified when the payroll dept. says "sorry, but come back when you can give us the right set of SSN".

The ITIN number can be given out but that's good for filing the income tax forms, not sure if this is something hospitals will agree to vs the nursing homes and LTC and SNF employers.

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Now I have found this article regarding California passing a bill which allows people without SSN to apply for professional license in California

California in the past has proved it has had major issue with it's Board of Nursing and major corruption and the Governor fired most of them a few years ago. I just hope this does not open the door to the Board of Nursing issuing RN licenses to more people more who have gotten their license thru lies or false documents.

CA Bill to Allow Tax ID Instead of SSN | NASBA

Actually, since the CA BRN does their own internal reviews of all applicants, guess where the majority (10,000 plus) of denied PH applicants (especially those that are going to be the cheaters and fraudsters with their street purchased transcripts and documentation) are going to now?

They're all headed to the state of TX, due to the no SSN requirement and lack of the concurrency enforcement (that CA started do to in Nov. 2011) and a warmer state than NY.

I am NOT implying there are over 10,000 PH greedy and cheating applicants but there's a small percentage I'm sure of that.

In fact, I'm hearing more and more that TX has now or will become the "easiest, fastest and cheapest" to get the RN license from and leaving CA in the dust now.

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Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

Has 41 years experience.

You can get a ITIN if not eligible for a SSN

"An ITIN is a nine-digit number issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who are required for U.S. tax purposes to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have and are not eligible to get a social security number (SSN)."

According to pro immigration lawyers this will have little impact;

California Modifies Law Requiring Social Security Number for Professional Licenses to Allow for Use of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers; Doesn't Help Most Foreign Born Healthcare Professionals - Healthcare Immigration - Hammond Law Group LLC

The criteria for a ITIN number is

Examples of individuals who need ITINs include:

• A nonresident alien required to file a U.S. tax return

• A U.S. resident alien (based on days present in the United States) filing a U.S. tax return

• A dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen/resident alien

• A dependent or spouse of a nonresident alien visa holder

And even if you passed this hurtle, passed the NCLEX against the odds, finding a job you must show you have a legal right to work.

And as others have mentioned the state has to change its forms to allow this otherwise it is fraud.

nursefromcali

Specializes in Ambulatory, Corrections, SNF, LTC, Rehab. Has 6 years experience.

MOved here as an immigrant, or working visa.