Obtaining a social security card can be a somewhat time consuming process, and no one likes to work through mountains of red tape. Now more than ever, though, government agencies have made it easier to obtain necessary paperwork, and having a social security card can make a personal and financial difference in a person’s life; it’s well worth the few minutes of paperwork it might take to obtain!
With unemployment at high rates nationwide, every job application is valuable and meaningful. And every one of them requires a social security number (and, upon hire, a copy of the social security card itself). The social security card indicates to employers that the holder is legally eligible for employment within the country, and every HR manager needs that documentation to avoid their own downfall in case of an audit.
There are many federal benefits available to citizens. Unemployment for those who have lost their jobs, food stamps for those who do not make quite enough money to meet the needs of their families, retirement and medical insurance for the elderly, and disability money for those too disabled to be gainfully employed are just a few of the benefits provided by the federal government. None of these benefits can be accessed, however, without a social security number. It difficult economic times, more and more people need a little something more to make ends meet, and these federal benefits can help with that, but only for people who have a social security card, and can therefore demonstrate their legal right to obtain such services.
This small bit of documentation can make a difference between getting a job and not getting it, having enough food to feed ones family or going hungry, or having medical insurance for health problems or going untreated. In short, the difference between having peace of mind or living adrift in economic uncertainty.