- When filling out the I-9 Form, can an employer accept a social
card from an alien as proof of work authorization?
this page automatically.
Not Responsible for
- If the
Social Security Card does have a
that it is not valid for employment purposes, it should be
as proof of work authorization. Such an unrestricted Social
Security card is clearly listed as a document that establishes
eligibility on the back of the I-9 Form. You can download a
copy of the I-9 Form by going to Citizenship and
Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security I-9
go to theSocial
Security Administration's (SSA) website, you will learn that SSA
that it currently issues three types of social security cards.
is what SSA says on its website about the types of social security
it currently issues:
Are there different types of cards?
issue three types of Social Security cards. All cards show your name
and Social Security number.
- The first type of card shows your name and
Security number and lets you work without restriction. We issue it to:
- U.S. citizens; and
- People lawfully admitted to the United
States on a
- The second type of card shows your name and
notes, “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION.” We issue this type
of card to people lawfully admitted to the United States on a temporary
basis who have DHS authorization to work.
- The third type of card shows your name and
notes, “NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT.” We issue it to people from other
- Who are lawfully admitted to the United States
work authorization from DHS, but with a valid nonwork reason for
needing a Social Security number; or
- Who need a number because of a federal law
Social Security number to get a benefit or service.