25 thoughts on “On Vacation- Social Security Is Still Here For You

  1. Thanks for this site.it’s very helpful for Mr to get the answers I need. I’m still waiting on a decision on my ssi case.let me know if I need to to anything to help with it.

    • Mr or mrs on the comments you need to express in English please.this is a English country not Spanish country.sorry Mr or Mrs.

      • There are bilingual representatives for a number of languages withing SSA and the government. They don’t need to use English to ask their question although many would prefer that English be used as their question might serve to help others. Then there are the nosy ones and those who are prejudiced. Don’t know which one you are Lesly but it really doesn’t matter now does it!

    • Thank you for your question Kenny. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet. However, you do not need a U.S. address to access our website. We remind our customers living outside the United States to contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to your Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps!

  2. Thank you for all the information you have submitted is very useful for us who read it, and hopefully useful also for all its.
    Healthy greetings always and awaited return visit yes.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Cara! We’re pleased we can help. Our employees are committed to providing the public with the best service possible. It’s wonderful to know our efforts are paying off.

      • Good day,
        We are planning, my daughter (12 years) and I, to go on a vacation for 50 days outside the US this coming summer o France and North Africa. We will be back to our US town and house in the US in August. Should we let SSA know that we are going on vacation. Will we loose benefits ( mine and hers [dependent child of retiree])? Will still have payment to our US accounts? Will the payment be suspended? Should we not go for more than 30 days?
        Thank you,


  3. Good day,
    Could you please explain what exactly is the ’30 day rule’ for being outside the US. From what I am reading, anyone on SSA regular retirement benefits (Not on SSI) going on Vacation ( No intention to live abroad) must report ahead of time the intent to leave the US. Is that correct?

    PS My 12 year old also receives benefits on my account and is going along as well.

    Thank you,


    • The 30 day rule applies to individuals living permanently outside the United States. If you and your son are going on an extended vacation and do not have plans to live abroad (permanently) this rule does not apply. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 if you need further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  4. Thank you for responding to my inquiry so quickly. I understand that it does not concern me nor my child.


  5. Good day,
    Will it be acceptable to SSA to deduct half the rent of our two bedroom apartment ($900: 2 = $450) from a child’s benefits and half the car expenses and repairs since I take her to activities and to and from school.
    PS: I asked SSA and the agent said ” What ever you want to charge her.”
    Thank you,

  6. My mom is going out of the country for two months, I will like to know what she has to do? Or notify at the social security office. As she is receiving her pension. Can this change anything? Please clarify. Thanks

    • Hello Alicia. If your mom is receiving retirement benefits, and is only traveling for a couple of months, she may continue to receive her payments while she is outside the United States.
      She is required to notify us of a permanent change of address.
      In the other hand, we cannot pay Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, if she will be absent from the country for a full calendar month or for 30 consecutive days or more. She must report the details of her trip as soon as possible.
      She can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or she can contact her local Social Security office directly. Thanks!

    • You should always report changes that may affect your Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

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