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Hello,
I wanted to apply to California for residency next year. I know one needs PTAL for application and that PTAL has Social security number (SSN) as a requirement. I am an IMG and have no SSN. I want to ask whether there is a way around it where you can still apply to Cali programs with the RECEIPT of the application for PTAL and complete the PTAL AFTER you get residency, when you will have received the US visa and SSN. I have gone through all possible blogs over the internet and there doesn't seem to be a clear cut answer to this.

P.S. I know theres an option of doing research on J1 visa (thereby being eligible for SSN) before applying. But I don't want to get a J1 visa as I know it is next to impossible transferring a J1 to H1B visa in the future (there are various legal sites to back me up on this, so I'm sure of this). So that option is out. Anything else?
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Hello,
I wanted to apply to California for residency next year. I know one needs PTAL for application and that PTAL has Social security number (SSN) as a requirement. I am an IMG and have no SSN. I want to ask whether there is a way around it where you can still apply to Cali programs with the RECEIPT of the application for PTAL and complete the PTAL AFTER you get residency, when you will have received the US visa and SSN. I have gone through all possible blogs over the internet and there doesn't seem to be a clear cut answer to this.

P.S. I know theres an option of doing research on J1 visa (thereby being eligible for SSN) before applying. But I don't want to get a J1 visa as I know it is next to impossible transferring a J1 to H1B visa in the future (there are various legal sites to back me up on this, so I'm sure of this). So that option is out. Anything else?
Let me keep this short. Some people will tell you that you can apply for PTAL without SSN and when u match, get a visa, apply for SSN and complete the process. That's not possible. Cali programs will not even look at your application without a PTAL (so forget about the chances of matching unless you have contacts)
Also you do not get a SSN with J1 research visa as you will not be earning anything. If you do find a research poistion willing to pay you (close to impossible for fresh IMG without research experience), the amplications of J1 visa come with it.
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