Hello. I have a niece who is a Medical Technology graduate in the Philippines. She applied and received approval to take the California Department of Health Services licensing exam for Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Nov '06. However, she needs to present a valid social security number before she is allowed to take the exam. I've looked online at the requirements for getting a social security number for noncitizens and it seems that only those with permission to work from the Department of Homeland Security can apply for a Social Security Number. Do you know of any other way?