Social Security Number (SSN) How to obtain

We highly recommend that you go to the SSN website for the most up to date information.

Once you have received your Employment Authorization Document Card, you may then apply for your Social Security # (SSN). This number is similar to the Canadian Social Insurance # - it is what employers use to report your taxes to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. It is free to apply.
Steps for applying for a SSN:
  1. You will need to take to your local office. OFFICE LOCATOR 
    1. Simply enter your zip code and you will be taken to the information page for your nearest office.
  2. Fill in and print off the SSN Application
  3. Take the completed application, along with an original or certified copy of your Passport with the attached I-94 document, EAD card, and Birth Certificate to your local SS Office.
  4. Answer any questions at the office.
  5. Because of the NATO status, the SS Administration has to verify your information with the Department of Homeland Security. So it can take up to 2 months for your card to arrive.
When you are applying for your SSN ask the customer service rep for the telephone number to call after 24 hours to find out the SSN that has been assigned to you.  You will not get the card right away, but they can give you the number over the phone. You are able to apply for a job without having received the actual # and card. You will have to provide proof that you have applied to your potential employer; however, some employers may not be willing to hire you until you have received your actual card.

One side benefit to obtaining your social security number while in the U.S., is that it will allow you to apply for U.S. Credit. Your CF Member is also eligible to apply for an SSN with just his or her green passport/visa and I-94 form – no EAD required. So you could apply together if you would like.