All refugees must apply for a Social Security Card within 3-5 work days after arrival. Application for Social Security Cards is necessary in order to secure employment and receive government services and benefits.
In Guilford County refugee families of 4 or more members require an appointment.
BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT
- Before applying for a Social Security Card, World Relief will need to print the refugee's I-94 Card. World Relief will need the refugee's "PRM Letter" (which can be found in the white I.O.M.) so that they can access and print the I-94 Card. Assure that the I-94 card has been printed and is in the refugees possession before going to SSA. The I-94 card is usually available to print within 24hrs, but sometimes can take longer to show up in the system for printing.
- Locate the local Social Security Administration for the county where the refugee lives.
Guilford County SSA: 6005 Landmark center BLVD. Greensboro, NC 27407
Forsyth County SSA: 1370 Lockland Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
- Make sure the refugee partners have their big white or blue I.O.M. bag and that their documents are inside (I-94 card, Medical Documents).
- Everyone 13 years and older needs to be at this appointment. Must still bring documents and fill out application for any children under 13 that will not be at the appointment.
- If you would like to fill out the application in advance, the application can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf. "Foreign Born Social Security Number" is what you’re applying for.
- Make sure you have appropriate car seats unless you are aware that the refugee family has them. Contact World Relief if you need to borrow car seats.
|CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY LAWS IN NORTH CAROLINA:
• Birth-12 months: Must ride in a rear-facing car seat
• 1-7 years: (weigh less than 80 pounds) Forward-facing car seat or booster seat; must be in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s instructions and meet all Federal Safety Standards in place when the seat was manufactured
• Children 8+: Must be restrained by seatbelt
• Questions? Visit for Child Passenger Safety Law Summary
AT THE APPOINTMENT
- When you arrive, take a ticket and wait until you are called.
- While you wait, pick up the social security application form for everyone in the family and fill it out (if it was not filled out in advance). "Foreign Born Social Security Number" is what you’re applying for.
- Get the application receipt for each person. Double check the receipt and make sure that the names are spelled correctly.
- Before leaving, make sure the refugees remember to bring their I.O.M. bag home.
AFTER THE APPOINTMENT
- Return the receipt or a copy of the receipt to the case manager. If you or someone in a Good Neighbor Team you are a part of will be taking the refugee partners to DSS, please make sure you have a copy of the receipt as well.