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Default J1 Visa/DS-2019/SSN Help

Hey guys,

I'm looking for some help regarding the final steps of getting my J1 visa. I need a SSN before I begin residency (for the state license) and want to know the right way to go about this. I just received my DS-2019 form and paid the SEVIS fee. I am a Canadian citizen so I understand that I can just get my passport stamped at the border. Can I just drive to the border, get my passport stamped, then return to Canada? I understand you need to wait 10 days after having your passport stamped in order to apply for the SSN. Could I then return in 10 days to a social security office and have this done?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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