Social Security Services for the Hispanic Community

Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey. Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of 58.9 million, representing 18.1 percent of the nation’s total population. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to turn the spotlight on our services for the Hispanic community.

We work hard to deliver great customer service and easy-to-access information about our important programs and the benefits we provide to millions of Americans. If Spanish is your primary language, you can visit our Spanish-language website. It includes important information about how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits, manage your benefits once you’re receiving them, and much more. Many of our offices have staff who speak Spanish, or you may call 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and select the option for Spanish.

Spanish-speaking individuals wishing to apply for retirement, disability, survivor, and other benefits, as well as Medicare, can request an appointment for an in-person interview or telephone claim with a bilingual representative.

Social Security also provides many publications in Spanish on popular topics like:

  • Retirement, Disability, and Survivors benefits;
  • Retirement planning;
  • Online services information;
  • Medicare; and
  • Supplemental Security Income.

You can save, print, and share them.

Social Security is here for you and your family. To learn more about what Social Security offers, go to our website Hispanics and Social Security.


31 thoughts on “Social Security Services for the Hispanic Community

  1. Since social security benefits are for AMERICANS, why don’t these people speak English? I think it’s wonderful and a great advantage in the United States to be bilingual, especially Spanish and English. But, as Americans, in order to assimilate, (and we still want legal immigrants to assimilate, don’t we?) Americans need to be able to conduct business in English. I am not a heartless, horrible person. But as long as all levels of government offer translation services and printed materials for every language spoken worldwide, what hope is there that these immigrants will EVER assimilate? Our government ensures they don’t have to assimilate.

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      I respect your comment however, I find your remark a puerile. Whatever happened to equality?
      Thank you another American like you.
      Daniel Mercado

  2. Soy viuda desde hace más de 5 años, mi difunto esposo y yo pagamos nuestros taxis a tiempo y por todos los años, yo quede muy enferma y nunca me han ayudado en mis enfermedades crónicas que ahora padezco,
    Quiero que me digan para que son los impuestos que pagamos mi esposo y yo?
    Nosotros siempre supimos que es un ahorro para el retiro y para tener ingresos cuando no podemos trabajar por enfermedad, yo he trabajado toda mi vida y pagado mis impuestos, y he tenido que vivir 5 veces en shelther homes porque no puedo pagar ni siquiera un cuarto porque he estado muy enferma,
    Todavía estoy esperando la pensión que nos deben de pagar a mi difunto esposo y a mi . Ate María del Carmen Vital Alferez.
    Cada vez que voy al las oficinas del SS. a actualizar mis datos nunca me han ayudado con ninguna información, y ni siquiera aparecen mis datos actualizados en mi cuenta del SS, por lo que llego a la conclusión de que los servicios del seguro social son pésimos y mas para los mexicanos, no importa que yo también sea ciudadana americana.
    Me da mucha tristeza y desilusión que ustedes quieran que me muera para no darme lo que me corresponde, puesto que nunca me han ayudado ni en mis peores momentos en los que he estado tan enferma, y no comprendo porque, puesto que es dinero que mi difunto esposo y yo trabajamos.!

    • Hola Sra. María del Carmen Vital Alferez le recomendó que solicite una copia del registro de sus pagos al Seguro Social. Si usted tiene evidencia de haber pagado los 40 cuartos (40 Quarters) Usted puede abrir una cuenta del Seguro Social en el Internet con su número de seguro social. Aquí puede ver lo que sus empleados pagaron al seguro social.

  3. My dad came over from Italy during the influx of Italians. They were sent to Ellis Island to be put through all the hoops to stay in America. They learned to walk the walk and talk the talk prior to qualifying for citizenship. They worked hard , two uncles had to serve in the military as a prerequisite to continue their quest.
    When are we going to celebrate Italian American day ?

    • Hi, Lesly. We are sorry to hear about your situation. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

    • Hi Leslie, I’m in basically the same boat. I have learned the hard way that the SSA rules are not fair and equitable for the taxpayers that support it legally. The SS Administration as an entity is NOT concerned about whether people eat or live on the street as long as they get your money one way or the other.

  4. Do Hispanic People need to have Paid into Social Security for a number of Years to be able to receive Benefits???

    • Hi, Lucille. Thanks for your question. Social Security is neutral– individuals with identical earnings histories are treated the same in terms of benefits. Generally, you will need to have 40 credits, or 10 years of work paying Social Security taxes, to qualify for any type of Social Security benefit. In addition, to qualify for disability benefits, you generally need to have worked for five out of the last 10 years before you became disabled. The rules are different for younger workers who become disabled or die. For a complete explanation of credits needed for the different types of benefits, visit here. We hope this helps.

  5. The Democrats’ Medicare-For-All will make our Medicare worst and cost us more in Part B monthly premium. The Democrats already said it will cost everyone more money for the Medicare-For-All. The Hispanic community has to get involved or their Medicare cost will go up.

    The Democrats haven’t help out the senior citizen. They were to busy with Obamacare. There are 44 million of us on Medicare and now the Democrats want to change our Medicare into Medicare-For-All.

    Obamacare monthly premium goes up a lot every year. We don’t want our Part B monthly premium going up the same way. Do not vote for the Democrats.

    The Democrats haven’t even solved our problem with the Social Security trust fund going broke. They have not help the seniors and more concerned about giving free healthcare to the poor and having senior pay more for their Medicare.

    Don’t mess with our Medicare. How much is our COLA for 2020 and how much will Medicare Part B premium go up in 2020.

  6. Well so far the hate is obvious from most of these posts this morning. The requirements to collect Social Security benefits IS THE SAME regardless of one’s ethnicity as an American citizen. Some of you may be quite surprised to know that NOT every white person is an American citizen in our country. Many of those legal immigrants who have become American citizens know English but may be more comfortable speaking Social Security issues in their native language because they understand it better. As far as Medicare for all goes that is being pitched I sincerely hope that we adopt what other countries have when updating our healthcare system and that is to offer a universal health care plan as well as having private options for those who wish to do so.

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  8. What is so special about the age between 62 and 66 that we have to live on barely minimum wage to receive our SSA benefits. There’s no limit on earnings before or after that range so why the income limit? NO ONE in the SSA has been able to answer that question. It’s not right and it’s not fair to not allow people to work and earn to their capacity no matter what age or benefits drawn. After all, the higher our income, the more goes into SS. SSA needs to stop giving money out to other government agencies and undocumented individuals. Why do we not get a piece of the money you earn from interest bearing investments of taxpayer money??

  9. Bienvenidos a los Estados Unidos. Immigrants are expected to be represented by someone in the household who has a high school education and speaks English. English as a second language students have high dropout levels and it is thought to be best to finish high-school in a native language speaking country.

    After filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and receiving a favorable determination, the applicant receives an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and within seven days thereafter a social security card, even if they previously had a social security number. An EAD is not necessary for lawful permanent residents. The 30 to 180 day spell of unemployability caused by the delay in processing can be avoided by filing in advance.

    Application for a Travel Document USCIS Form I-131 provides travel document to refugees, asylees and childhood arrivals, and must be filed in advance because they card stateless persons. Congress has deferred action for childhood entries so long they must be sold travel and identification documents for the cruel and unusual price of less than $10 under Art. 1 Sec. 9 of the US Constitution rather than regular price travel documents under Art. 26-29 of the Conventions Relative to the Status of Refugees and Stateless Persons of 1951 and 1954, their parents should have been sold at the border, respectively.

    Unlike individual income tax revenues, anti-immigrant policies do not seem to have affected social security revenues. There is therefore strong reason to believe that iForm I-765, Application for Employment Authorization is the best way to enter the United States for longer than six months, on the promise to remember a social security number and pay income taxes. There is some concern that the withholding needs to be abolished so that immigrant tax revenues are not used against them under 26USC1441

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