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Social Security

The American Citizens Services section at the U.S. Embassy in Apia, provides the following Social Security services:

  • Reporting a change of address;
  • Reporting death of a beneficiary;
  • Reporting non-receipt of monthly Social Security check;
  • Applying for a Social Security number or benefits.

For more detailed assistance, please contact the Social Security Administration directly using one of the methods listed below.

Social Security Number/Card
If applying for a first Social Security number/card, requesting a replacement card, or documenting a name change, please click here for the appropriate application form and instructions.


  • If the applicant is age 12 or older, and has never been assigned a Social Security number, the applicant must apply in person at the Embassy.  Additionally, applicants must include documentation demonstrating continuous residence outside the United States, i.e. School, University records, employment records.

Processing time for applications for a Social Security Number/card is generally 3-4 months.

Claim for Social Security Benefits
The Social Security office at the American Embassy in Manila, Philippines, provides direct service to Social Security beneficiaries living in Samoa.  Please see their Claims Enquiries information below to file an application for benefits.

When contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA), please have readily available your Social Security number, name, address, telephone number and area code, and information concerning the issues you wish to discuss. To reduce your cost, you may request that SSA return your telephone call at their expense.

Direct Deposit for Social Security Benefits
If you are receiving monthly Social Security benefits or pension you are eligible to have this benefit directly deposited into your Samoa bank account. Please visit our American Citizen section during Consular hours from 9-11am.

Contact details for the Social Security office in Manila:



Social Security Division
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Regional Office
American Embassy
1131 Roxas Boulevard
Ermita 0930 Manila


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