This is an exhibit of the DoS handout provided to aliens issued immigrant visas.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS FOR U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENTS
We are pleased you intend to immigrate to the United States. Upon admission to the
United States based on your immigrant visa, you will be a U.S. permanent resident.
Each permanent resident needs a Social Security Number (SSN). An SSN will help you to work in the United States, to conduct business with a bank
or financial institution, to pay your taxes or to be listed as a dependent on a tax
return, and for other purposes.
If You Requested a Social Security Number When You Applied for Your Visa
If you, or your parents or proper applicant, requested an SSN card as part of your
visa application, U.S. Department of State (DoS), Form DS 230, Part II, Questions
43a and 43b, when you arrive in the United States, the U.S. DoS and the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security will share with us the information needed to issue you an SSN
card. Therefore, you do not need to fill out a special application or go to a Social
Security office to get an SSN.
We will assign you an SSN and issue you a Social Security card after you arrive in
the United States. If you already have an SSN, we will issue you a replacement SSN
card. We will mail your SSN card to the U.S. mailing address where the Department
of Homeland Security will send your Permanent Resident Card. You should receive your
Social Security card within 3 weeks after you arrive.
IMPORTANT: Call us if you do not receive your Social Security card after 3 weeks or if you change
your mailing address after arrival in the United States. If you call us, please have
this letter with you. It will help us answer your questions.
If You Did Not Request a Social Security Number When You Applied for Your Visa
You must come to a Social Security office to apply for an SSN if you did not request
an SSN card as part of your visa application when you arrive in the United States.
When you have a permanent address, please call us to find out where to apply for an
When you visit a Social Security office to apply for a Social Security card, take
the following papers with you:
Your passport with your Machine-Readable Immigrant Visa (MRIV) or Permanent Resident
Card (Form I-551) if you have it, and
Your birth certificate and a birth certificate for each member of your family applying
for a Social Security number.
If you are applying for a replacement card you will only need your passport with your
MRIV or Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), if you have received it.
A Social Security representative will help you complete the application. You should
receive your SSN card within 2 weeks after we have everything we need to process your
application. If we need to verify any document you show us, it may take longer.
The information you give us for getting an SSN is confidential. This means that we
do not share your information except as provided for under the law. For example, we
may share information with other government agencies as permitted under the Privacy
Act. For more information about this, please contact us.
In the United States, you may call the telephone number listed for the Social Security
office in the local telephone directory under “United States Government” or Social
Security's toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. You can also find the nearest Social
Security office on the Internet at www.socialsecurity.gov . If you need to contact us before you leave for the United States, contact the U.S.
embassy or consulate in your area. In the Philippines, contact the Veteran's Affairs
Regional Office in Manila.