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

Discussion in 'Life After The Green Card' started by oren200, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. oren200

    oren200 Registered Users (C)

    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?
  2. sanjoseaug20

    sanjoseaug20 Registered Users (C)

    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.
  3. Jackolantern

    Jackolantern Registered Users (C)

    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

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