I've been living and working in the US on a J-1 visa for the last year. I've just entered the US on my new H1-B visa and will start work on October 1st. Do I need to get a new SSN, or can I use the one I already have from my J-1?

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The SSN never changes once assigned, and your immigration status has no effect on it.

  • SSNs can be changed in a few special cases but that's because of the misuse of the old one, not your immigration status. Sep 28, 2014 at 18:53
  • For the purpose of this answer we can disregard this (or any other way to change SSN, like getting into a witness protection program etc). These are marginal and irrelevant cases.
    – littleadv
    Sep 28, 2014 at 20:07
  • The number will never change, but sometimes you need to change the card itself, due annotations you have on them (like "not valid for work" or such).
    – vartec
    Oct 1, 2014 at 7:04

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