July 23, 2003

Reminder Notice

New Social Security Number Pilot Project:

In order to provide better customer service for the diplomatic community, the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) are introducing a 6-month dual pilot program to assist diplomats, consular officers and administrative and technical staff in obtaining Social Security numbers (SSNs).

Under this new dual pilot program, there will be two convenient options to better serve the diplomatic community:

1. A Social Security Administration officer will process requests on a walk-in basis on the last Wednesday of each month between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM at 3507 International Place, N. W. (OFM). The SECOND TIME this service will be offered is July 30, 2003. No appointment will be necessary.

2. The SSA office (located at 2100 "M" Street on the corner of 21st Street and

"M" Street) will hold appointments every Thursday morning between the hours

of 10 AM and 11:30 AM.

Foreign diplomats, consular officers, and administrative and technical staff should call Mr. Edmond McGill, Senior Program Officer, Office of Foreign Missions, 202-895-3618, in order to arrange for one of the four half-hour appointments available at the Social Security Administration's M Street Office every Thursday.

The Individual Taxpayer Identification Number:

Members of the foreign mission community are also reminded that their dependents may apply to the Internal Revenue Service for a Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Individuals who are eligible for SSNs do not qualify for ITINs. The ITIN is constructed in the same format at the SSN and sometimes can be used for identification purposes in place of a Social Security number.

To obtain an ITIN, the individual dependent must complete IRS Form W-7 , Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Dependents old enough to legally sign documents and spouses must complete and sign their own Forms W-7. The Form W-7 requires supporting documentation substantiating foreign/alien status, true identity and continued existence of the applicant. If several dependents in the same family require ITINs, each one must submit a separate Form W-7 and supporting documentation. The dependent may mail the documentation, along with the Form W-7, to the Philadelphia IRS Campus, present it at IRS field offices, or process your application through Acceptance Agent authorized by the IRS.

The IRS Form W-7 is available on line at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7.pdf.