The letter or form letter from the government entity to document a valid nonwork reason:
must be dated and on letterhead stationery;
must specifically identify the alien, the nonwork reason an SSN is required, the relevant
statute or regulations requiring the SSN as a condition to receive the benefit or
service, and the name and telephone number of an official to contact so that the information
provided may be verified;
must state that the alien meets all the requirements to receive the benefit or service,
except for an SSN; and
must have the wet signature of the authorized official for the government entity.
For additional requirements on establishing an FO precedent for the authorized official,
see RM 10211.600A.3.a in this section.
NOTE: The FO may accept only documentation for a valid nonwork reason that meets all of the criteria.
IMPORTANT: Consult regional instructions for information on special requirements in your region.
For information on valid reasons for SSA to assign an SSN, see RM 10211.610.
For examples of invalid nonwork reasons, see RM 10211.615.