I have an offer from an employer in Texas, everything turned out okay except when they look up for my SSN, they said it turns out as "no match found"

A little backstory:

I'm a Mexican Citizen, came to the states for college, legally(fees, visas, tests), graduated in 2013 and applied for an OPT permit, which allows me to work in the US for a year. When I received my OPT card I went ahead and asked for a SSN at the SSA office, when I get there and give my information, turns out I've had a SSN since 1990(I was a year old) I'm not sure why I had one but afterwards I asked my family and said one of my uncles got it for me(still not sure why). At the SSA Office they told me I would keep this number since it was already associated to my name. So on May 2014 I got my SSN Card. The OPT card expired on Jan 21, 2015 and that was the date I returned to Mexico, turned my I-96 form(I think its I-96 or I-94, it's the permit for entrance to the country) and got my Student Visa voided and I've been living in Mexico ever since.

Now I have applied for a job in Texas and well the rest is explained in the first sentence, employer asked to look and see if I have a DHS authorization for this SSN, I have all my paperwork saved(even envelopes) but I can't stop thinking that someone might've thrown something out, or that I never got an authorization letter for this number. I can't avoid panicking a bit, so I wanted to ask what should I do in the case that I don't find this DHS authorization.


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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it looks like it belongs on workplace.stackexchange.com – Jason Aller Aug 11 '16 at 20:12
  • Well I'm a member of workplace, but since its more law than a workplace environment issue, I thought it would be a better fit in this site @JasonAller – Just Do It Aug 11 '16 at 20:17
  • I read the question as presented as asking what should be done if you can't find the DHS authorization. Asked at workplace it can be a procedural question, asked here it feels like it is seeking legal advice which is a closure reason. – Jason Aller Aug 11 '16 at 20:21
  • Mmmm when you say it that way, it does make sense... @JasonAller – Just Do It Aug 11 '16 at 20:22
  • Given that your OPT has expired, why would you be authorized to work in the US? Have you received some other form of work authorization? – Nate Eldredge Aug 11 '16 at 22:16

I don't really understand why a potential employer in the US would be asking for your SSN or looking up anything relating to your SSN at this stage at all. A foreigner is not in general expected to have an SSN. You happen to have an SSN because you were authorized to work in the US in the past, but that's a special case. Most Mexicans don't have an SSN.

In order to hire a foreigner like you, the company would have to sponsor you for some kind of visa that allows you to work for them in the US. (Or, since you are Mexican, for certain jobs you could get a TN visa based on the company's offer letter.) In the usual case of a foreigner without an SSN, he/she would only be able to get an SSN after entering the US with that visa, so it doesn't make sense for them to expect anything from your SSN at this point. In any case, you do not have work authorization in the US until you enter the US with a visa status that allows work authorization, so it doesn't make sense that you say they are trying to "look and see if you have a DHS authorization" before hiring you. Perhaps you mistakenly indicated to them that you already have work authorization and don't need sponsorship?

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  • Yes! I just had a talk this morning with the HR rep that's handling my case, I think she didn't know I was a foreigner until I told her yesterday. After I explained to her my situation she just replied "I think it will be fine when you have your authorization card" I think that was the whole issue; the rep didn't know about my nationality. – Just Do It Aug 12 '16 at 14:10

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