Before the Social Security Administration (SSA) was refusing to issue social security numbers to E and L spouses in accordance with USCIS’s recent policy update recognizing that they are work authorized incident to status and do not need an employment authorization document as evidence. On May 4, 2022, USCIS reported that SSA plans to update its system to reflect the guidance by the end of this week. Until that time, a workaround has been communicated to SSA regional offices to ensure there are no issues.

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