SSA has no means to verify a foreign passport. However, in most situations where an
applicant submits a foreign passport as evidence of identity, the applicant will also
submit a U.S. immigration document. Presume the foreign passport is authentic and
continue processing the SSN application if DHS verifies the U.S. immigration document
submitted. For more information on verifying U.S. immigration documents, see RM 10210.560,
RM 10210.100, RM 10214.110, and RM 10214.170. Also, for information regarding the acceptability
of certain foreign documents, see GN 00307.000.
NOTE: The U.S. immigration stamp placed in the foreign passport and/or a U.S. immigration
document attached to a foreign passport are separate documents. For example, an I-551
stamp or a U.S. immigration stamp in the applicant’s foreign passport, and the foreign
passport, are two separate documents. Likewise, a Form I-94 stapled in a foreign passport,
and the foreign passport are two separate documents; as are a machine readable immigrant
visa (MRIV) issued by the U.S. Department of State placed in the foreign passport.
If the foreign passport cannot be presumed to be authentic (generally, because the
person did not submit an immigration document), tell the person he or she must submit
another document listed in RM 10210.420 as evidence of identity and follow instructions for reviewing DHS Lawful Alien Documents
in RM 10210.560.