Social Security

The U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland and the Consular Agencies in Geneva and Zurich  are no longer authorized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide assistance with social security number (SSN) applications and federal benefit claims.

All questions and services except first time SSN applications for individuals over the age of 12 years must be directed to the regional Federal Benefits Unit in Paris (see box).

The only exception is for first time applicants for a social security number who are over twelve (12) years old and require a personal interview.


Apply for a SSN for the first time (ONLY individuals over the age of 12)


Replacement Cards, first time applications for individuals below age 12 and other Federal Benefits

Obtain Certified Copies for the Federal Benefits Unit

U.S. Embassy
Federal Benefits Unit
4 avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 8

Phone: +33 1 43 12 2705
(Phone calls are taken Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
from 9:00 to 11:00 am)
Fax: +33 1 42 86 8291
Contact Form


Need to update your bank account for direct deposit?

Follow the instructions on Form SSA-1199 and forward it to the regional Federal Benefits Unit in PARIS.

For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage Service Around the World.