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Do you know what a Social Security Number is and what it is for?

Make yourself comfortable as we will explain it to you briefly in this article.

A Social Security Number (SSN) is a 9-digit number that the United States government issues to all American citizens and eligible residents who apply for one.

The government uses this number to track earnings and the number of years that each person has worked in their life.

But … What is done with the SSN card?

Each time you are hired for a new job, your employer will ask you for this number, and the accounting department will use it to inform the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about your income and inform the Social Security Administration about your salary.

What else can the SSN do for me?

• When you retire, you’ll get your pension through it.

• In case of having to request disability income.

• Banks may require your SSN to open a bank account.

• When applying for a federal loan.

• Unemployment benefits.

• To enroll in Medicare or Medicaid.

• When applying for your American passport.

The SSN card should never be carried, unless you need it to complete a procedure or your employer asks you to register it. If you lose this card, you have to go to the Administration of the SSN and process a new one, the process is very simple, but you have to be there in person, so sometimes you have to lose hours of work to be able to do it.

We recommend that all documentation you have where your SSN is written, are well kept in a safe place.

I hope you liked this information and that it was valuable!

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My name is Federico Vargas, proud father of Martina and Benjamin, and husband of Gimena.
With my family we lived the process of emigrating from Argentina to the United States, so we understand the fears and emotions that come into play when taking the step and changing the lifestyle. That is why I am passionate about being an immigration lawyer and helping families go through this process.



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