There is a prevalent, stubborn misconception that the federal government awards social security benefits to “illegal aliens” who have never contributed to the system. In the digital age of mass-emails and chain emails, this common myth is again making the rounds…
FACT: Contrary to what people think, undocumented workers are not (and have never been) eligible to claim social security benefits. Moreover, many undocumented workers use a false/fake social security numbers, therefore paying money into a benefit system that they will never be eligible to use.
FACT: According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), undocumented immigrants “account for a major portion” of the billions of dollars paid into the Social Security system under conditions that don’t match SSA records. As of October 2005, the reported earnings on which these payments are based—which are tracked through the SSA’s Earnings Suspense File (ESF)—totaled $520 billion.
More mythbusting facts on this issue can be found online at the Immigration Policy Center (IPC).
Some USCIS adjudication officers at local District Offices are apparently beginning to request copies of Forms I-9 from applicants who are applying for their Green Cards, via the process known as “adjustment of status” (from non-immigrant to permanent resident).
The instruction letters sent out by the USCIS (to the clients whose interview appointments at the local offices are being scheduled), are still silent on this new request.
Be prepared and provide copies of any previous (at least the most recent) I-9 forms to confirm that no prior claim of U.S. citizenship or of LPR status has previously been made. Discuss this with your lawyer, well in advance of the actual interview, preferrably early on in the process.
If a social security number was used and disclosed on the I-9, you should expect questions as to the origin and legitimacy of the number.