Is a New Employee Required to Have an SSN?

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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

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