Updated Form I-485 Allows Applicants to Request Social Security Card

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released an updated application to register for permanent residence or adjust status (form I-485), which now provides the applicant with the option to also apply for a new or replacement Social Security card. Previously, this required a separate visit to a local Social Security Administration (SSA) office for most applicants who needed to apply for a new or replacement Social Security card. Applicants with previously pending I-485 applications, however, cannot apply for the Social Security card based on this update.

Processing of Requests for Issuance of Social Security Card

The updated I-485 includes new questions regarding the applicant’s desire to apply for an initial or replacement Social Security card, and whether the applicant consents to disclosure of information to the SSA. This allows the USCIS to electronically transmit the collected information to the SSA upon approval of the I-485. The SSA then will assign a Social Security number or issue a replacement card to the applicant. There is no additional fee for applying for a Social Security card using the I-485 application. It generally takes approximately two weeks to receive the Social Security card after approval of the I-485 application and receipt of the “green card” or lawful permanent resident status.


A Social Security card is a critical document. The updated I-485 form provides a more streamlined way for applicants to obtain their new or replacement Social Security cards shortly after the approval of the lawful permanent resident status. We commend the USCIS for making available to I-485 applicants a more convenient and efficient way to obtain the social security card.


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