Social Security Offers Spanish Language
Immediate Claims Service
The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced today, that
Spanish language customers may apply for Social Security retirement
or survivors benefits immediately when they call the Social Security
Administration's national toll-free 800 number (800-772-1213).
Certain callers will be able to file directly over the phone on
their first contact with SSA without having to make an appointment
or visit an office. To file an immediate claim, individuals should
have certain documents in-hand when calling such as their birth
certificate, their most recent W-2 form or tax return and bank account
"At the Social Security Administration, we are committed to providing
the public with choices in the way they want to conduct business,"
stated Acting Commissioner Larry G. Massanari. "We recognize that
the public wants choices and we will always be there for people
who wish to be served on the telephone or face-to-face in our offices."
Individuals will still have the option to set up an appointment.
They can call SSA's national toll-free 800 number to schedule a
phone interview or a face-to-face interview. Of the more than 3
million people who applied for Social Security retirement or survivors
benefits last year, almost 2 percent (62,000 people) preferred to
deal with the Agency in Spanish.
Earlier this year SSA launched two new Spanish language Internet
The Agency’s Spanish language website, Seguro Social, Información
en Español – www.ssa.gov/espanol/
– averages about 10,000 visitors a month.
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