Social Security/Federal Benefits
Applications for a Social Security number may be made at the American Consulate General in Amsterdam. But, as there is no Social Security Administration representative in The Netherlands, please contact the Federal Benefits Office in Dublin BEFORE coming to see us, to ensure you bring the correct documents. If you are age 12 or older you must apply in person. You cannot apply for a social security number by mail!
To make your application in Amsterdam you will need an appointment, see the appointment box on the right (if on a mobile device, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'full site' to get the link). Appointments can be set up only during our normal hours of operation.
When coming to the Consulate, please bring:
The e-mail or letter with instructions from the Dublin office, if available;
All originals of the documents the Dublin office has asked for
Note that Dutch civil documents are available in 'international'versions, that do not require a translation. A marriage booklet has no legal bearing so if a Dutch marriage certificate is required get the international marriage certificate from the city hall where you were married.*
If in doubt about a document, bring it in.
The Federal Benefits Office Servicing The Netherlands
The Federal Benefits Office servicing residents of The Netherlands is located at the United States Embassy in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Please ensure to first read the FBU Frequently Asked Questions before contacting the Dublin office. Thank you.
Federal Benefits Unit, Dublin, Ireland, contact information:
Telephone - MORNINGS ONLY:
Federal Benefits Unit 00-353-1-668-8777, ext. 2112 -
Fax: Federal Benefits Unit 00-353-1-668-7245
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
General Inquiries: 8.30 - 11.30 A.M. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, excepting American and Irish Holidays)
Afternoon Inquiries by appointment only.
You are encouraged to call for assistance. Your initial call can be very brief as staff will take your telephone number and call you back to complete your business.
Writing to the Federal Benefits Unit
When writing to the Federal Benefits Unit, please always mention your social security number. The address is:
Federal Benefits Unit
42 Elgin Road
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
For more information regarding Federal Benefits please see :
- Social Security Administration
- Veterans Administration
- Railroad Board
- Department of Labor
- Office of Personnel Management
- Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
These sites are designed primarily for use within the United States. The SSA and VA sites have special pages devoted to international issues.
An Appointment Is Required
For this service you must set up an appointment.
Please, click here to set your up appointment online.
Please, click here if you need to cancel an appointment.
The Confirmation Print Out
Upon completing setting up your appointment you will be asked to print the confirmation with your password. Alternatively you can write it down. You will not receive an e-mail confirmation.
No Confirmation Sheet, no password?
No problem and no need to contact us. You will be on our entry list for the day of your appointment. But should you have to cancel simply send us an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take care of it for you.
On Dutch Civil Documents
*When you are requested by the Dublin office to obtain Dutch civil records, i.e. a birth, marriage/divorce, or death certificate, please ask the city hall to provide you with a so called 'international' version. These versions usually have a letter at the right hand top:
A for the international birth certificate
B for the international marriage or divorce certificate (The marriage booklet is not a marriage certificate and has no legal bearing. The divorce certificate is a marriage certificate with the divorce date annotated.)
C for the international death certificate
These versions are in all major European languages, including English, and therefore do not need to be translated.