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Do you lose social security number/card if you give up your green card?

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  • Do you lose social security number/card if you give up your green card?

    Green Card is expired and probably need to needs surrendered/ returned due to not being in the us for too long.
    Would a person also lose and need to return/surrender social security card in such case?

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    Social Security number is for life.
    If you lost the green card, technically you should get a social security card with restrictions (not allowed to work / allowed to work with authorization), but I think in the bigger scheme of things, they may not care unless you are going to take benefits from them.
    GC: EB1: 1999 ==> 2004. 3 yr delay due to lost file. N400: San Jose. Apr'09 ==> Aug'09.
    I am not a lawyer, forum police, moderator, moralizer or an immigration officer. If I sound like one, use "your" best judgement.

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    • #3
      You keep the SSN. If you accumulated 10 years of Social Security credits, you will be eligible to collect Social Security at retirement age after leaving the US and surrendering your green card, provided that you have citizenship in any of a certain list of eligible countries. See http://ssa.gov/pubs/10137.html

      EB3 ROW I-485 Approved: July 2007
      USC: July 2013
      I am a layman, not a lawyer. What I write here is not official or professional legal advice. In addition, my answers on this forum are specific to the scenarios discussed in each thread and should not be generalized to other situations.

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