How long can I work without having a social security number?

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How long can I work without having a social security number?

I’m on L1-B visa and currently in USA for four month assignment. When I asked my employer to file an SSN for me the employer told me that despite of the fact that I am on L1-B visa, the assignment is short term (for minimum 3 months), and also told me that I don’t need a SSN if I only work for that short a period. Is that correct? And what if I have to continue my work even after 3 months? Will my employer have to file for a SSN for me if the employer want me to continue the work for and additional month?

Asked on October 20, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No, I do not think that this is correct and I would contact the Social Security Office for clarification.  How are you being paid?  You will need a social security card to open a bank account, apply for a driver's license, etc. Is this an Intra-company transfer?  The type of Visa that you have I believe can allow you to work here for up to 3 years initially, can be renewed and is one of the easiest to convert to allow you to become a citizen here in the United States.  You can apply for the social security card yourself.  You do not need your employer to do so.  The card in a limited card based upon your temporary status.  Check things out for yourself.  Good luck.


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