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Aliens and U.S. Citizens Living Abroad - Nonresident Alien - General

  1. I live in a foreign country. How do I get a social security number for my dependent who qualifies for a social security card?
  2. My spouse is a nonresident alien. How can I get a nonworking social security number for her?

Rev. date: 1/1/2010

I live in a foreign country. How do I get a social security number for my dependent who qualifies for a social security card?

Use Form SS-5-FS which may be obtained from and filed with the Social Security Administration.
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Social Security Administration

Rev. date: 1/1/2010

My spouse is a nonresident alien. How can I get a nonworking social security number for her?

Each foreign person who does not have and cannot obtain a social security number must use an IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) on any U.S. tax return or refund claim filed. For additional information on ITINs click on Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.