Combined EAD and SSN Application Form Allows Faster Onboarding of New Employees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have teamed up to allow eligible foreign workers to apply for both an employment authorization document (EAD) and a Social Security number (SSN) using one new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The combined EAD and SSN application form will help speed up the onboarding of new employees.

Previously, applicants had to file Form I-765 with USCIS to obtain their EAD, and then visit their local Social Security office in person and complete additional paperwork to get their SSN from the SSA

With the combined EAD and SSN application, the process should allow applicants to skip that in-person visit. After noting on the I-765 that the applicant would also like to receive a SSN, the information should be automatically transmitted to SSA. Once the SSA approves the EAD, they will start the SSN processing. The applicant should receive his/her Social Security card within the following two weeks. We are feeling optimistic about this expedited process.