Au Pairs: Getting Your Social Security Card

One of the first things we encourage au pairs to do after our two week check in, is apply for a Social Security number. Social Security numbers are required in order to file taxes, and are necessary in many states (and helpful in others) to do things like obtain a state driver’s license or open a bank account, so even if you can get a license without it, if you plan to work in other states it is best just go get it.

I found some general information on and put it in here with some Cultural Care specific information I got from


To obtain a Social Security number, go to the nearest Social Security office with your:

  • Passport
  • I-94 record (print a copy here)
  • DS-2019 form
  • Social Security Letter from Cultural Care Au Pair (this is available in the online account for au pair’s)
  • Application (find one at the Social Security office)


If you are outside of North Seattle, you can find nearest Social Security office here by entering your zip code. Here is the closest Social Security Office I found for North Seattle:

13510 Aurora Ave. N (Suite B)
Seattle, WA 98133



Monday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



After your 2-week orientation is recommended is a great time to go! Waiting at least 10 days from the date you enter the U.S. is recommended, before filing an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is because SSA cannot verify your status with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until at least 10 days after the date of entry. In order to grant the Social Security number, the SSA must verify your visa status.


If your application is denied, please contact Cultural Care Au Pair at 1-800-333-6056 or so we can help.

To help, they will need to know:

  • Your name
  • Your I-94 number (find it here)
  • Your date of birth
  • Address of the SSA office that denied the application
  • Date you went to the SSA office
  • Your phone number
  • Explanation of the problem
  • Reference number for the social security application (if you have it)

Sometimes this process can take a long time, so I recommend bringing a book or someone willing to wait with you when you go to get this done! Or if you are like me and obsessed with organizing, you can bring a folder or binder and organize every paper you get!

Monday, 18 December 2017 8:25 PM


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