Individuals born in the United States and in U.S. territories are issued a Social Security number after the appropriate paperwork has been submitted. Non-U.S. citizens can apply for a Social Security number through the Social Security Administration.
People born in the United States and U.S. territories can be issued a Social Security number after a birth certificate has been applied for. Non-U.S. citizens can also obtain a Social Security number if they plan on living and working in the United States permanently. Persons with valid Social Security numbers can apply for Social Security retirement benefits at the age of 62.