The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an agreement with the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) to assist SSA in enumerating certain applicants who:
live in the United States,
apply for work authorization, and
need to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN).
If an applicant wishes to apply for an original or a replacement SSN card through
EBE, DHS collects enumeration data during the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) application process, Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization)
and electronically transmits the data to SSA so that an SSN can be assigned or a replacement
Effective October 2, 2017, EBE is available to the individuals who apply for an Employment
Authorization Document (EAD) on the USCIS Form I-765 and will eliminate the need for
non-immigrants to file an SS-5 (Application for Social Security Card) application
at an SSA field office.