When hiring a new employee, most employers understand that national origin is a protected class that cannot be discriminated against. They also understand that they are required to use the I-9 process to verify work eligibility in the United States and that I-9 asks for an employee’s Social Security number (SSN), among other things.
So, what happens when a noncitizen applies and does not have an SSN? Can you hire that person?
The short answer is: You can hire that person as long as he or she has work authorization, but the person is still legally required