Social Security Servicios for the Hispanic Community

A large Hispanic family smilingHola! September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Social Security is proud to offer many of our services in Spanish. We invite you to look at our Spanish website

With 57 million people, the Hispanic population in the United States is the largest ethnic minority group in the U.S. According to the Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent. And more than half of the growth in the total population of the United States between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in the Hispanic population.

To meet the needs of a growing Hispanic population, Social Security provides a range of online services. On most pages of our main site, you can select a tab at the top of the page to have the language appear in Spanish. From there, Spanish speakers can use our online services – Servicios por Internet. They can apply for retirement, survivors, or disability benefits, and the Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. We also have a Spanish language option when you call us a 1-800-772-1213. We have many automated services available in Spanish, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can speak to a Spanish-speaking Social Security representative. In addition, many of our field offices have free Spanish interpreter services available.

Hispanics tend to live longer, and will spend more years in retirement. Our Retirement Estimator gives estimates your future benefits based on your actual Social Security earnings record. It’s an invaluable tool when planning your long future.

You can find out more online about conducting business with Social Security in Spanish. We also have many of our publications available in Spanish at Some of the publications are specific to the Hispanic population.

This Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s all remember that Social Security will continue to serve our Hispanic customers by providing a range of services and benefits tailored to their needs.


56 thoughts on “Social Security Servicios for the Hispanic Community

  1. I do hope that all of those 57 millioin are paying into the Social Security System. It is so frustrating that I have been paying into the system since 1967 and so many immigrants are receiving funds without ever having toi invest. I feel ALL Americans should have the duty to invest in our country and not simply cross and border with their hands out. I realize that living conditions all over the world, are not what we have, but at the same time we have so many naturalized citizens who’s neets are not being met.

      • Every one wants a better life, but everyone has to work for their better life. It is not fair to Americans who have paid into social security all of our lives and then, here they come, work a couple of years or maybe no work time and collect just like they have been paying into the system for years. I think naturalized, amnestied people who are not generational and ancestered Americans should have their own accounts where there money is not supplemented by our tax dollars or soc security funds! Our govt has it backwards! I had no idea there were that many here! Not good…no more amnesties! Tired of supporting those who don’t carry their own weight and are here to live off of us!

    • With so many immigrants and illegals in our country – that refuse to assimilate, speak our language and adopt our culture, our country is fractured, which has weakened it tremendously. Not only Mexicans, but from several other countries around the world. They want to leave their home for a better life, to America, but bring their old life with them. Isn'[t working for me …………….

      • …are you serious? Every person who immigrated to this country
        (including your ancestors -unless they were little green men) brought part of their old life with them…and I bet they spoke their native tongue -not English. That’s the beauty of this country.

        • You have that all wrong! Landing at the Statue of Liberty many, many have promised to work, pay in to the Federal and State tax system by WORKING. They all learned to speak English so as to be able to learn in the American school system. Why do you think the USA is so in debt? HANDOUTS! oand dtax in

      • AMERICA is a Continent (North America and South America), with LOTS of countries, mainly Spanish speaking. Therefore, STOP referring to the U.S. as America!
        Read people. Educate your selves.

        • Not any longer, there is no beauty in 385 million people dividing this beautiful, hard-fought for country, up by languages and cultures. There is the American culture, and English language. If you don'[t want to be an American, and choose to keep your old culture and language that you left behind, then you should have stayed where you came from.

        • Another true Hispanic speaks out in defense of their language and culture in America. And yes, we do realize that there is a North America AND South America, and a huge difference between the two. This is North America, English speaking North America.

    • Thank you, Arthur, my sentiments exactly, I just recently switched from the Democratic to the Republic party because I am sick to death of misguided liberal Democratic legislators spending their time and my taxpayer dollars giving illegals free SS and all kinds of welfare benefits that they haven’t earned!!! I paid into the SS system for over 50 years; my investment is being stolen from me, and of very little help when I need it the most at age 75. BTW, anyone know who the rocket scientists are that have decided there will be no COLA in 2016?!?

      • The only thing the Democrat party wants are voters. They work every day to get more people on government subsidies just to get them to vote Democrat. They support Planned Parenthood that gets taxpayer money and in turn give it back to the Democrats who give them more money the next year. ITS TIME THIS STOPS!

      • There will be a COLA in 2016. Where did you hear that there will be none? Granted it will be a ridiculously small amount, far, very far from the amount necessary to protect the SS recipient’s needs to maintain their standard of living but there is an announced 2016 COLA.

    • You must be speaking Hispanics that are not born US citizens. The men in my family did not have to be drafted to defend this country; father never applied for welfare or government assistance; paid taxes and was NEVER unemployed. Unlike the monolingual Americans, spoke three languages and not a blemish on his reputation; he and all his children, grandchildren and great-grand children are college educated and honest and honorable people. They believe in God. Only thing our family hates is IGNORANCE.

          • My bosses mother has been in this country since 1959 and does not speak a word of English. Interesting….she certainly knew how to apply for public housing the minute she arrived from Puerto Rico and hasn’t vacated her apartment since or been employed. Just another “exceptional” comment….

          • Puerto Rico is “technically part of USA(a Commonwealth of the United States). Puerto Ricans are U.S Citizen”. Just to fill your curiosity.

      • Ahhh, you refer to “the monolingual Americans”, thus separating “you and yours” from “us” … and yes I agree with jon, extremely exceptional, especially the “all graduated college” …..

    • Do not worry. Nobody is free of paying taxes if they work! And some work, but they do not claim due legal status. System win anyway. Happy?

  2. I agree with you Arthur. I have been paying into the Social Security System since I was 16 and working. Now I have started collecting and the media is telling us that the funds will be running out in a few years!! As a taxpayer, American citizen and voter, I demand that Social Security be given ONLY to those who paid into it.



  3. I too worry that the Social Security is being misused by the Hispanic population IF they are not paying into the system as I have all of my life before I became disabled. I am all for legal immigration but do not tolerate a hand out to anyone as we have our own hungry people to feed including elders and those less fortunate and not just a handout because they are a minority…

  4. I agree whole heartedly with the two previous comments. When are our leaders in government going to open their eyes, and realize that most of the good paying jobs have left the country. We are close to 20 trillion dollars in debt an climbing. Who is going to pay for all these handouts. In my state we are in a fiscal crisis, practically bankrupt and our governor want to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. My question, where is the money going to come from?

    • We paid into the system, so we have a vested interest in social security! That belongs to us! Several years ago, one of the Bush presidents made a speech about our country should do something for our neighbors south of the border who work here…and I clearly remember him saying that they only had to have 4 work credits, whereas you and I have to have 40 or 41. I don’t remember which Bush it was! I have not been able to verify the difference in work credits for illegals! Our govt is generous because it is not money out of their pockets, but it certainly is money out of our investment into the soc security system! And they will collect much more than they will ever put into soc security! That is the reason that we will run out of money! Every state is in a fiscal crisis because of Obama, no jobs, and he spends like it is water! Those refugees who come here should be put in camps and not given money, nor jobs, just feed them and when Obama leaves office throw them out of our country! They shouldn’t be here anyway! They are hardcore mslims!

  5. Social Security, as well as many other agencies, has to stop enabling specific ethnic groups whom refuse to assimilate. Thousands of dollars-funded by American tax dollars- are spent on publishing specifics of American benefits in different languages. This is dividing America and a waste of government resources. We are All Americans -learn the language!

  6. I am Hispanic, immigrated when I was 17, paying into the system since then. I am now 66 and just starting to collect. I served in the US Army for 25 years and always worked hard and actually still working today. I have contributed more than some born here.

      • That is great! I hate when people take a Forum like this and immediately start the same old conversation without doing anything positive. There are many people like yourself and some of us appreciate the diversity and culture you bring 🙂

    • Uncle Sam says: You did well and as any citizen you stand up among others! This country is the greatest! When people like you decease fighting they just said: I am sorry but when you are alive your benefits phase out due budget cuts. We are in gratitude to keep away the dangers of the war in our homeland! No just thank you; we honor your sacrifice!

  7. Ok, For all of you folks that are turning this into an immigration thing, I just wanted to say that you cant get SSI, SSD if you are not legal here, You cant get it if you don’t have a certain amount of points you don’t qualify. And actually according to the contrary if you are to talk about the illegals here, most of them do earn a paycheck, they do have taxes and social security taken from their check, so they do pay into the system, they do not ever get to collect on it, as far as the national debt blame it on war, the government sending and funding to send troops and aid to all of the middle east, and the list goes on and on, to blame the Hispanic population for the national debt is ridiculous at best. It is my opinion that social security is being over run by a generation that doesn’t want to work for instance I cant tell you how many people I know who have received SSI/SSD for being “bi-polar” or for being a drug addict/alcoholic. I have been working since I was 8 I had a paper route. I really think that the majority of the population I see applying and getting Social Security are chronic welfare loafers who’s children are grown up or have been cut off of Welfare benefits they are all ending up like I said bi-polar and on Social Security.

    • Sorry that just isn’t true, Wendy, they most certainly can !!! I saw not only this abuse, but 3rd and 4th generation welfare abusers (not Hispanic) proud of the fact that they “gots all their people” on welfare; and yes, alcoholics and drug users also. How about not being able to work because you didn’t speak English, yep, it’s right up there.

  8. Trust me Bob you well never see a White month. And yes we will be the minority but you can bet you won’t get anything even less then your getting now.

  9. Social Security Amendment of 2016 HA-28-9-15

    Free Disability Insurance Reallocation Tax (DIRT) Act

    To amend the DI tax rate from 1.80% to 2.30% in 2016 and to 2.20% in 2018; from 0.90% to 1.15% in 2016 and 1.10% in 2018 for employees and from 0.90% to 1.15% in 2016 and 1.10% in 2018 for employers under Sec. 201(b)(1)(S) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)II§401.

    To amend the OASI tax rate from 10.60% to 10.10% in 2016, and 10.20% in 2018; from 5.30% to 5.05% in 2016 and to 5.10% in 2018 for employees under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3101 (a) and from 5.30% to 5.05% in 2016, and 5.10% in 2018 for employers under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3111 (a) to avoid depletion of the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund in 2016 without increasing the overall 12.4% OASDI or 15.3% OASDI and Hospital Insurance (HI) Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax-rate under 26USC(A)(2)§1401beginning October 1, 2015.

    Be it enacted by the Actuary, Commissioner and Treasury (ACT)

    Without Income Limit Law (WILL) Act

    To abolish the maximum taxable limit on DI contributions on January 1, 2016 and OASI contributions January 1, 2017 and repeal Adjustment of the contribution and benefit base Section 230 of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)§430.

    To require the Social Security Administration to pay for SSI Costs beginning January 1, 2017.

    To share profits in excess of social security program costs to the general fund of the U.S Treasury on a sliding scale beginning year end 2016 DI 50/50 with the USPS, and OASI 10/90 to eliminate the federal budget deficit. In 2020 OASI would share at negotiated rates an estimated 25/75, by 2025 OASDI would share 50/50 and by 2030 OASDI would save to pay for the peak in costs of Baby Boomer generation in 2035 that might raise the overall OASDI tax rate from 12.4%.

    Be it enacted by the House and Senate assembled

    Signatories: Carolyn Colvin, Commissioner; Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary, Jack Lew, Treasurer. Optional: Shuan Donovan, OMB Director

    Free DIRT (Disability Insurance Reallocation Tax) Emergency Depletion Rate Act

    To amend the DI tax rate from 1.80% to 2.40% in 2016, 2.30% in 2017 and 2.20% in 2018; from 0.90% to 1.20% in 2016, 1.15% in 2017 and 1.10% in 2018 for employees and from 0.90% to 1.20% in 2016, 1.15% in 2017 and 1.10% in 2018 for employers under Sec. 201(b)(1)(S) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)II§401.

    To amend the OASI tax rate from 10.60% to 10.0% in 2016, 10.10% in 2017, and 10.20% in 2018; from 5.30% to 5.00% in 2016, to 5.05% in 2017, to 5.10% in 2018 for employees under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3101 (a) and from 5.30% to 5.00% in 2016, 5.05% in 2017, and 5.10% in 2018 for employers under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3111 (a) to avoid depletion of the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund in 2016 without increasing the overall 12.4% OASDI or 15.3% OASDI and Hospital Insurance (HI) Federal Insurance Contribution Act tax-rate under 26USC(A)(2)§1401.

    This revision has been done at the last minute to reduce redundancy and should be mathematically equal to the previous version that is equally authentic and reinforces the repetitiveness of the OASDI tax calculation.

    Hecho por no documentado quien no es victim de ‘hate crime governmental’ hoy por suerte de la Hippocratic divinidad de Hygienia del Convencion relatando al estado del refugio. Estoy listo aunque SSA habla la lenguaje de no estar listo gracias al nuevo alternativa emergencia Free DIRT Act para procrastinadores quien no quieren nullificar la regla constitucional para no leyes retroactivas porque es pura contador, sin impuesto verdadero. Computadoras de Apple cuestan $900 y nadie sabe si associacion con SSA destruye la privacia de Apples tambien. Si no es bastante insultar la salud y morales de su contador esclavo y SSA iba a querer recriminar officialmente y robar me mis benefitos, escribaria primero a Social Security Matters. Hospitals & Asylums. Health and Welfare. 10th Ed.

  10. I see a lot of different views but the smartest I feel is Wendy’s blog. You can’t just jump the border and qualify for ssi/ssdi. It’s not that simple. If it was then the society we live in today would all get it

    • Yes, Josh you can just jump the border, check into a hospital, have your baby, and the child will be a U.S. liability for their entire life. You can be a natural born U.S. citizen and that is the group that is ineligible for any Government assistance.

  11. Great news. We all need a little help now and again when English is not a first language, and it is useful to have a site specially tailored to the interests of Hispanics. And – I did not know that Hispanics tend to live longer. That is very interesting! I wonder why that is.

  12. Illegals expect for us to provide for them as soon as they cross the border and they have an anchor baby, and it happens. That one anchor baby is a domino effect because it brings more of them from the same woman every 18 months or so and these illegals are now set for the next 18 years. If the baby is born sick than here comes SSI and Medicaid.

  13. it is so sad people are so ignorant today , The government knows they are using our money for these illegals which is sad they have to meet on judgement day and they won*t be able to lie and steal. they should think about it.coming remember the money is the root of all evil and will always be sorry but no government or illegal can change this saying. we try to teach our children not to do this and then we find out the old people are doing this so sad.

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