Life in the United States: Procedures
The Social Security Administration will issue a "Valid for Work Only With DHS Authorization" social security card to any au pair/companion participating in a Department of State authorized au pair program. To apply for a restricted working social security card, an au pair must go in person to the local social security office in her community. (Find the closest social security office). She must wait at least twelve days after her arrival in the United States and bring the following documents:
- Valid passport
- DS 2019 form
- White I-94 card
- Proof of identification that is at least one year old (e.g. passport, driver's license, birth certificate)
Social Security will verify the au pair's status with SEVIS before a social security card number can be assigned.
If there is a discrepancy with information, the social security office may deny the au pair a social security card and would request a manual verification of data, which would take additional time.
If the social security office says that they cannot issue a social
security card and returns the application and documents, please
call Evelyn Blum at Au Pair in America, (800) 928 -7247, ext. 5027,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for