Social Security Benefits

Social Security Benefits

If you apply for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you must receive your payments electronically. If you did not sign up for electronic payments when you applied for benefits, we strongly urge you to do it now, or you may experience an interruption in payment.  More information is available on the Social Security website. In Iraq, direct deposit service is available to account holders with the Bank of Baghdad. Please visit the main branch to inquire about direct deposit.

If you are residing overseas, you can apply for SSA retirement benefits and disability benefits (PDF 506 KB). The IRS website also has the form to apply for a Social Security Card (PDF 125 KB) for yourself or your children.

How to Apply for a Social Security Number

U.S. Embassy Baghdad and Consulate General Erbil can assist only U.S. citizens older than 12 years old with Social Security Number applications.  All others must apply through FBU Rome. It can take up to eight months from the date of application for a SSN and card to be issued to the applicant.

The requirements for applying for a Social Security Number are listed below.  Please find the link for scheduling an appointment at the bottom of this page.

 For applicants above the age of 12 born in the U.S.:

  1. Form SS-5
  2. Original U.S. birth certificate
  3. Valid U.S. passport (passport should be signed)
  4. School records in English
  5. Personal appearance at the Embassy

 For applicants above the age of 12 born outside the U.S.:

  1. Form SS-5
  2. Original consular report of birth abroad (form FS-240)
  3. Original Iraqi birth certificate in English
  4. Valid U.S. passport
  5. School records in English
  6. Personal appearance at the Embassy

Please Note:  Appointments for Social Security services are required.  To set up an appointment, click here, and select the option titled “Request notarial and other services not listed above.”  Appointments are available Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00, excluding U.S. and Iraqi public holidays.