There are two ways you can apply.
- You can apply in your home country before you come to the United States when filing an application for an immigrant visa with the U.S. Department of State. In almost all cases, if you apply for a Social Security number and card with your immigrant visa application, you don’t have to visit a Social Security office in the United States. (For more information, see Social Security Numbers and Immigrant Visas; or
- You can visit a Social Security office in person.