Immigration Issues/Social Security

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Hi, my H1B petition has been approved and I am scheduled for an interview at the US consulatate in my country next month. Is the chance that I will get denied as high as getting a tourist visa? Another question, could I get a Social Security number even before I get my work visa? If yes, how do I get it? Thanks!

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Hi,

The probability of the Consulate issuing the H1B visa stamp is much higher than for B1/B2 (tourist) visa stamp, as H visa status allows for intention to immigrate to the U.S., unlike, for example, visitor or student visa categories.

When you are in the U.S., you should apply for social security number with the local social security office.

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Ajay K. Arora

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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