The I-765 and Social Security Numbers
More good news. Deferred Action applicants who are filling out question 9 on the I-765, Work Authorization Application, DO NOT need to list and Social Security numbers that were not officially issued to them.
We understand that many of those who entered the US without inspection attempt to use a false Social Security number in order to work. We have received many questions regarding this issue and how to answer question 9 in the I-765. Previously, it was difficult to say since we wanted applicants to be as forthright as possible. But every Deferred Action applicant is declaring themselves as having entered the country without inspection. Using a false Social Security number in addition could have been a disqualifying factor. We were advising clients on a case-by-case basis. For example, we examined whether they had a criminal record or any other potential problems before we advised them on listing or not listing their Social Security numbers.
This ruling takes the issue off the table and makes it simpler to fill out the I-765 and to advise on the rest of the application. We are glad to see this new policy take effect and hope that it attracts more qualifying individuals to apply for Deferred Action.