I am moving to CA on an H-4 visa and am wondering how to work around the SSN requirement for CA board.
The PTBC form states:
(Must be a U.S. SSN#, AIN issued by FSBPT or ITIN issued by the IRS are not acceptable) * MANDATORY DISCLOSURE OF U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS Disclosure of your U.S. social security number is mandatory.
However, the SSA website states:
If you do not have permission to work: Lawfully admitted noncitizens can get many benefits and services without a Social Security number. You do not need a number to conduct business with a bank, register for school, apply for educational tests, obtain private health insurance, apply for school lunch programs or apply for subsidized housing.
I am not sure if appearing for NPTE comes under education tests.
Also, can I go ahead with just the 'Credentials Evaluation' without applying to PTBC instead of the complete 'Type 1 Certification'? Is it mandatory to submit the CA state form at the same time as Credential Evaluation? That way, maybe I can switch to a F-1 later and hopefully obtain an SSN. Has someone tried that before?
Thanks in advance for your responses.