Current policy prohibits assigning an SSN to a non-citizen unless that person will
be paid a Social Security benefit or unless that person is eligible for a Federal,
State or local benefit for which an SSN is needed. However, a person without an SSN
may file a claim for SVB benefits alleging World War II military service. If there
is no evidence that the claimant was eligible for SSI in December 1999, the month
that title VIII was enacted, the SVB claim must be denied unless the claimant provides
information to the contrary.