Banking and Money
There are many options for managing your money. Many people choose to put their money in an account in their name at a bank, savings and loan association or credit union. The advantage of having a bank account is that it’s safer than carrying cash and it helps you keep track of your money. A checking account allows you to use checks to pay your bills or make a purchase, and a savings account allows you to save the money you’re not using and earn interest on it.
Social Security and Work
Everyone living in the United States needs a social security number. You need this number to do many things: get a job, open a bank account or get a driver’s license.
- Applying for a social security number. Contact the Social Security Administration for information about how to apply. If you do not yet have an immigrant visa, the Social Security Administration has a new process that allows people 18 years and older to apply for a visa and a social security number at the same time. Visit SSA’s Immigration Web site for more information.
- Visas and other documentation. The United States Immigration Assistance Center also provides information on U.S. citizenship, visas, green cards and the green card lottery.
- Getting legal assistance. If you need help understanding immigration laws or applying for legal status, visit the American Immigration Law Foundation.