Social Security

If you reside in the Kyrgyz Republic and have questions regarding services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in Rome, Italy. For more information on their services and how to contact them, please visit their webpage at https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/fbu/.

For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage Service Around the World.

If you are already receiving SSA benefits payments, there will be no change in the method of distribution of those payments.

To apply for a Social Security number for a child under age 12 the following steps are required:

  1. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF 132 KB) – all questions must be answered and legible.
  2. Provide the following original documents – photocopies are not acceptable. The completed application and documents should be mailed to us.
  • Proof of the child’s birth
  • Original U.S. birth certificate, or Original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad

a.  If the child was born in the U.S. you must also submit proof that you or the child has resided outside of the U.S. for a significant period of time to explain why a Social Security number has not been issued in the past.  Proof of foreign residency can include medical, school and employment records.

b. If the child was born in the U.S., Form SSA- L706 (click HERE to download a PDF of Form SSA-L706 – PDF, 292kb) must also be completed, signed and submitted along with the application and other documentation. This allows the Social Security Administration to verify the birth record with the custodian of the record.

  • Proof of the child’s U.S. Citizenship

a.  Original U.S. birth certificate, OR

b. Original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad

  • Proof of the child’s identity

a.  Original U.S. passport, must be current and signed

b. Original Kyrgyz passport, must be current and signed

c.  A Passport or national identity card issued by another country may be acceptable, please email ConsularBishkek@state.gov for advice

  • Proof of the identity of the parent signing the application

a.  Original U.S. passport, must be current and signed
OR

b. Original Kyrgyz passport, must be current and signed

c.  A Passport or national identity card issued by another country may be acceptable, please email ConsularBishkek@state.gov for advice

Anyone over the age of 12 must present themselves in person at a U.S. Embassy, Consulate or designated U.S. Military installation.  To schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, please send an email to ConsularBishkek@state.gov.

You must also complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (click HERE to download a PDF of SS-5-FS – PDF, 56kb) – all questions must be answered and legible.

You must provide the following original documents – we do not accept photocopies.  It will expedite your visit to the Embassy if you bring in your original documents AND photocopies.  We will review and retain the photocopies, and return your original documents to you.

  • Proof of birth
  • Original U.S. birth certificate, Original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Original birth certificate other than the documents mentioned above.
  • If you or the child was born in the U.S. you must submit documentary proof that you or the child has resided outside of the U.S.  The proof of foreign residency is needed to explain why a Social Security number has not been issued in the past.  It is very rare for someone who was born in the U.S. not to have been assigned a Social Security Number.

The proof should cover a significant portion of the entire period of time you or the child has been outside of the U.S.  Proof for each year is not required, but the documentation must provide sufficient evidence of absence from the U.S. (i.e., foreign residency).  We will not accept a Social Security Number application if there is insufficient evidence of foreign residency.  The documentation can include:

  • school records such as report cards or a letter from the school confirming dates of attendance
  • travel documents such as current or canceled passports (U.S. or other)
  • employment records
  • medical records
  • proof of registration with a doctor or clinic

All evidence submitted must be original documents, photocopies are not acceptable 

  • If you or the child was born in the U.S., Form SSA- L706 (click HERE to download a PDF of Form SSA-L706 – PDF, 292kb) must also be completed, signed and submitted along with the application and other documentation.  This allows the Social Security Administration to verify the birth record with the custodian of the record.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
    • Original U.S. birth certificate
      OR
    • Original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad
      OR
    • Original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate
    • Proof of identity
      • Original U.S. Passport, must be current and signed
        OR
      • Original Kyrgyz Passport, must be current and signed
      • A Passport or national identity card issued by another country may be acceptable, please email ConsularBishkek@state.gov for advice
      • Proof of the identity of the parent signing the application, if applicable – a parent can sign the form for a child up to age 18; a child can sign the form above age 12.
        • Original U.S. Passport, must be current and signed
          OR
        • Original Kyrgyz Passport, must be current and signed
        • A Passport or national identity card issued by another country may be acceptable, please email ConsularBishkek@state.gov for advice

If you have obtained a U.S. Visa that allows you to work in the U.S. you must apply for a Social Security Card after you enter the U.S. You may apply at the nearest Social Security Office.  You can obtain the address of the nearest Social Security Office at http://socialsecurity.gov under the heading “Find A Social Security Office“. You will need to complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF 56 KB) and provide the original documents listed above.

You should apply for a replacement card even if you cannot recall your Social Security Number.  Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF 56 KB) – all questions must be answered and legible.

Effective August 1, 2014 the Social Security Administration stopped providing Social Security Number printouts or verifications.  The Federal Benefits Unit is unable to provide you with a printout or verification of an SSN.  If you need proof of your (or your child’s) SSN, you should apply for a replacement card.

Provide an original identity document – a photocopy is not acceptable. The completed application and identity document should be provided to the Consular Section.

Suitable proof of identity documents:

  • Original U.S Passport, must be current and signed;
  • Original Permanent Resident Alien card, must be current;
  • Original U.S. state driver’s license, must be current;
  • Original U.K. Passport or driver’s license are acceptable, but must be accompanied by proof of U.S. citizenship such as a Naturalization certificate or U.S. birth certificate
  • A Passport or national identity card issued by another country may be acceptable if your U.S. citizenship is already properly established on your Social Security record.  Please contact the Federal Benefits Unit for advice.

If the replacement card is for a child, we need to see proof of identity for both the child and the parent who signs the form.

SSN needed for U.S. PASSPORT application:  If you cannot recall your (or your child’s) Social Security Number and need it for a U.S. Passport application you should apply for a replacement SSN card, per instructions above.  Please expect to wait at least one month for the replacement card application to be processed and the card mailed from the U.S.

Note:  this process cannot be expedited.

If the name on your identity document differs from the name on your last Social Security Number record, see item 6 below for instructions on how to change the name on your record.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal Permanent Resident Alien, see item 5 below for instructions.

 

Effective August 1, 2014 the Social Security Administration stopped providing Social Security Number printouts or verifications.  The Federal Benefits Unit is unable to provide you with a printout or verification of an SSN.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal Permanent Resident Alien (“Green Card” holder) and you need to verify the details shown on your Social Security Number record, you must apply directly to the Social Security Administration for a printout of your Social Security Number record (known as a Numident).  These applications can take up to 60 days or more to process and are processed on a first come basis regardless of the mailing method used.

There is a fee for this service; current fee information is located on the Social Security Administration website.

Send a written request to verify the details held in your Numident, with the following information:  your name, date of birth, parents’ names, the citizenship or legal resident status you held when your Social Security Number was assigned, and the date your citizenship or legal resident status changed.  Send your request to:

Social Security Administration
OEO DERO (FOIA Workgroup)
PO Box 33022
Baltimore MD 21290-3022

If you wish to use Express Mail/Courier, send your request to:

Social Security Administration
OEO DERO (FOIA Workgroup)
300 N. Greene Street
Baltimore MD 21290-0300

 

To change your name on your Social Security records the following steps are required;

  1. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF 56 KB) – all questions must be answered and legible.
  2. Provide the following original documents – photocopies are not acceptable. The completed application and documents should be brought to the Consular Section.
  • Proof of the name change
    • Original marriage or divorce decree (If the marriage or divorce certificate is over 2 years old or does not contain biographical data such as a date of birth or age, you must also submit proof of identity in your OLD name.  If you have no identification in your old name, you must write a statement as to why you do not have such proof of identity and submit proof of identity in your NEW name).
      OR
    • Other document, such as a Court Order, Deed Poll or Statutory Declaration of Name Change
  • Proof of identity in Old Name, one of the following:
  • Original current or expired U.S. or Kyrgyz passport, must be signed
  • Original driving license
  • Original current or expired U.S. military identification
  • A Passport or national identity card issued by another country may be acceptable, please email ConsularBishkek@state.gov for advice
  • Proof of identity in New Name, one of the following:
  • Original current U.S. or Kyrgyz  passport, must be signed
  • Original driving license
  • Original current U.S. military identification
  • A Passport or national identity card issued by another country may be acceptable, please email ConsularBishkek@state.gov for advice