How do I obtain a Social Security number while on a TN?

After you have entered the United States under TN-1 status your employer/HR department is likely to request a copy of your social security card for payroll/tax purposes. The process of obtaining a social security card is relatively simple as long as you have original or certified copies of all the required documents. A social security card issued to a foreign national is valid only with work authorization and such is indicated on the card. Once a social security card is issued it remains valid and can be used indefinitely with valid work authorization. There is no need to obtain a new social security card if you change employers or if you haven’t used the social security card recently.

If you are an employer or employee with additional questions about working in the United States under TN-1 status for Canadian citizens, we can help.

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