Question: I have an F-2 visa. How can I join a masters program or seek a job? I passed nursing License exam NCLEX but I am unable to get license because I don’t have a SSN. I need a nursing license to get admitted into a Master’s of Nursing program.
You’re correct that you won’t be able to obtain a SSN and can’t work while in F-2 status. One idea is to try to explain your situation to admissions at the Nursing school. Maybe they will be able to admit you and issue a new I-20 first — either to the Masters program, or a different program that would help prepare you for the Masters. Then you can apply for the SSN after you’ve been admitted and reported to the school. Talk to the school – in fact, talk to several schools to see what they will do, then you could discuss the different options from the schools with an immigration attorney.