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Valid SSN?

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    Valid SSN?

    if a foreigner obtained a social security card legally while in the US, say a student, after he/she leaves US, is the SSN still valid and usable?


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    Yes to 'valid' - usable of course depends. Since the core use of this number is demonstrating credit history, its of limited use if you don't have an address there and nothing to build your credit on.


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    Does have address. Using family address. So can open bank account and such.


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    Then enjoy the beauty of american credit cards


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbler
    Does have address. Using family address. So can open bank account and such.
    Yes but not recommended as lately the IRS has been going after folks with card and bank account activity and not filing taxes. Some card issuers and banks are also sending out letters a few months down the line asking for proof of current residence/citizenship.
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    The bank is supposed to ask you to sign a form W8 if you are non-resident alien.
    Tax rules are different for citizens and non-resident aliens.
    In any case, if there is even a little interest accrued on the balance in the account, then the IRS would want its cut.
    If you didn't sign form W8, they would expect a tax return to be filed - if you did sign the bank is supposed to withhold tax and I guess you might not need to file - which itself is a hassle that costs money.

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