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Old SSN from Student Visa days and fresh L2 EAD Application

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Hi,

I did my undergraduate studies from the US about 9 years ago on an F1 Visa. I had an SSN back then. I returned to my home country after completing my studies. I have misplaced the SSN card over the years but I have the actual SSN number noted down.

I am moving to the US on an L2 Visa in a couple of weeks and intend to work after receiving by EAD. 

Should I enter my old SSN number in my EAD application form or should I leave it blank?

How should I answer this question - Do you want the SSA to issue you a Social Security card?

Thanks

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Your SSN stays with you for life, and you should enter it on the form when asked. It doesn't hurt to say yes to wanting them to issue you a card. If they don't issue you one you can just go to SSA to apply for a replacement card when you get your EAD.

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I also want to mention that, technically, an L2 spouse can apply for an SSN even without an EAD. All you need is your marriage certificate and both your and the L1 spouse's I-94s.

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