Social Security Statements can now be accessed online, sign up at: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount
One is also able to receive U.S. Social Security Benefit Verification Letter stating that:
one never received Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income or Medicare
one received benefits in the past but do not currently receive them
This is helpful to ITIN applicants described below:
One may not apply for ITIN (Form W-7) if one has an SSN or if one is eligible to get an SSN. One is eligible for an SSN if one is a U.S. citizen or if one has been admitted by the United States for permanent residence or U.S. employment.
If the SSA will not issue one an SSN, one must get a letter of denial and attach it to one's Form W-7.
If one has an application for an SSN pending, don’t file Form W-7. Complete Form W-7 only if the SSA notifies you that you’re ineligible for an SSN.