Get Benefits What Immigrants Should Know about Social Security Numbers Getting a Social Security Card If You Are a Noncitizen

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Byline: Mayra Salazar Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security

Whether you are a new U.S. citizen or a noncitizen with authorization to work in this country, you need to apply for a Social Security card and number in order to work in the United States.

While most American citizens now have Social Security cards issued at birth, a noncitizen applying for his or her first Social Security card or number must prove identity, age and citizenship.

Getting a Social Security card if you are a naturalized citizen

If you are a naturalized citizen you will need to prove your citizenship with documentation from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service).

You also must complete an application for a Social Security card, which you can find online at www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf. You can bring your completed application into your local Social Security office or Social Security Card Center along with official documents that show:

* U.S. citizenship;

* Age; and

* Identity.

All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.

Even if you already have a Social Security number when you become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you should still contact Social Security to update your status. …