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8 October 2017
Effectively immediately, an accompanying spouse in L-2, E-1 or J-2 status will be able to request a Social Security number without having to visit a Social Security office. This development will help eligible spouses enter the U.S. work force much faster than before.
Under the new procedure, an eligible spouse can request a Social Security number as part of his or her application for employment authorization (EAD). All that needs to be done is to request a Social Security number at Question 10 on the newly published edition of the EAD application form (see link below).
According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), applicants who receive their approved EADs from USCIS should receive their Social Security card from the Social Security Agency within the following two weeks.