Social Security Benefits U.S. Citizens Outside the United States

Benefits-outside-the-USOver half a million people who live outside the United States receive some kind of Social Security benefit, including retired and disabled workers, as well as spouses, widows, widowers, and children.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, you may receive your Social Security payments outside the United States as long as you are eligible. When we say you are “outside the United States,” we mean you’re not in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or American Samoa. Once you’ve been outside the United States for at least 30 days in a row, we consider you to be outside the country.

If you are traveling outside the U.S. for an extended amount of time, it’s important that you tell Social Security the date you plan to leave and the date you plan to come back, no matter how long you expect your travel to last. Then we can let you know whether your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be affected.

You can use this online tool to find out if you can continue to receive your Social Security benefits if you are outside the United States or are planning to go outside the United States at www.socialsecurity.gov/international/payments_outsideUS.html.

This tool will help you find out if your retirement, disability, or survivor’s payments will continue as long as you are eligible, stop after six consecutive calendar months, or if certain country specific restrictions apply.

When you live outside the United States, periodically we’ll send you a questionnaire. Your answers will help us figure out if you still are eligible for benefits. Return the questionnaire to the office that sent it as soon as possible. If you don’t, your payments will stop. In addition to responding to the questionnaire, notify us promptly about changes that could affect your payments.

You can also read the publication titled Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

Social Security is with you through life’s journey, even if that journey takes you outside the United States.

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399 thoughts on “Social Security Benefits U.S. Citizens Outside the United States

  1. THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION BUT I AM NOT OUTSIDE OF THE USA AND WILL NOT BE TRAVELING ANYTIME SOON.

    BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I WILL BE GETTING A RAISE FOR THE YEAR 2017?

    THANK YOU, MR. WALKER

    • Ms. Hudson, I don’t work for Social Security, but they are raising the limits for 2017, so my best guess is all Social Security recipients are getting an increase in their benefits. Best wishes.

      • Not ALL Social Security recipients get a raise, unless you are referring to the tiny cost of living increase. If you elect to take early retirement before age 65, you are forever locked in to the smaller pension as some kind of punishment for having the nerve to leave the work force before the system has had enough time to squeeze every last drop out of you, hoping you will die first before having to pay anything out – like all insurance companies.

    • I live outside the U.S. I am a U.S. Citizen but living on Guam which is a Territory of the U.S., with that being said, does that mean the benefits which I am receiving for my Son Stops??? Henceforth, I don’t plan on vacationing or leaving Island for more than 30 days. Another question, Will they be an increase for FY2017? Thank you~

      • Thanks to ss. I peace outside US with my 3 kids. I am retired and we all recieve benefits ie. SS. Will my SS be affected by any new law?

        • The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-74; November 2, 2015), made some changes to Social Security’s laws and closed two complex loopholes that were used primarily by married couples. Your benefits and your children’s benefits should not be affected by these changes. Beneficiaries living abroad and needing to report changes or for assistance related to Social Security benefit, should contact the nearest U.S. embassy. Thanks!

    • Yes !! you will, we all will, and it amounts to about $2.00 per month … meanwhile, benefits to those reaping from welfare and food stamps have risen much more sharply

      • Consider:

        1) Politicians depend upon votes to maintain their positions of power, influence, and income. Raiding SSA coffers in order to add to general funds (replacing the booty in the SSA “vault” with IOUs) has allowed pols to spend irresponsibly, buying influence along the way. (The effects of this have been exacerbated by large numbers of Baby Boomers retiring, but pols KNEW this would happen even as they were spending like there was no tomorrow. We Boomers have been paying mightily into the retirement kitty — and the spendthrifts in DC took full advantage of all that cash, just burning a hole in their proverbial collective pocket. Don’t let them kid you; these paltry COL increases could have been better if our elected representatives had any integrity, whatsoever.)

        2) The average welfare and food stamp recipient will vote many more times in the remainder of their lives than the average Social Security recipient, who is nearer the end of his or her life.

        Coincidence? Unlikely.

    • I am age 69, just received noticed that I will be getting a $.01 oer month raise in SS for 2017; however, SS is deducting an extra $17.50 per month because of my 2015 earnings. This is no joke.

    • I am out side u.s. temorarily….I had overpayment noticed and all was resolved in January 2017…..and now after i made a comment on non named website i got message saying you are gonna have trouble…and 2 weeks i had my benefits stopped. i saved all information and have sent to current Attorney General…the statement was…. your retirement is gonna be miserable….following with “ya shoulda supported Obama” NO KIDDING.

  2. Congress determines the formula for costs-of-living and are regularly considering an alternative method which in most years would be stingier, not better from a consumer’s point-of-view. The Labor Statistics agency will determine what the cost is based on certain measurements. This is an aggregate measure, so while your own costs may be higher or better controlled than the average American, the formula is a Congressional decision and captures average increases or decreases within specific costs in the national economy.

    The issue is therefore one for your legislators, not any agency. You can change that by a) how you vote after identifying what your candidate’s position is and b) by paying attention to your rep’s and Senators’ records and speaking up when you feel something is not fair. Find others who agree with you and organize. While a blog is a nice forum for self-expression, it is directed away from those who can do anything to change what is already in place. You ultimately are a lone voice and those who need to hear from you will probably not unless you contact their staff directly.

    • Yep. Just be sure not to vote people back in office who are considering cutting your SS benefits, because you don’t like other candidates.
      Good luck

      • I don’t think it matters! Those Congressman have been in the Congress, some for 30 years!! The people don’t have a say about anything anymore! Look at what we have to choose from for our next president, God help us all 😢🙏

      • I live outside the U.S. I am a U.S. Citizen but living on Guam which is a Territory of the U.S., with that being said, does that mean the benefits which I am receiving for my Son Stops??? Henceforth, I don’t plan on vacationing or leaving Island for more than 30 days. Another question, Will they be an increase for FY2017? Thank you~

      • We must be cognizant of the candidate who just has money, trickery, and so-called power. He has no love for the poor and needy who depend on Social Security, or racial injustices in his bias, racist eyes and his soul- less being. Being with him only furthers pure hatred.

  3. It has been reported by AARP that the increase will be miniscule – not much better than the 0% that you received the last couple of years. The estimate is 0.02% – or nothing.

          • UNTIL ALL THE OLD FOLKS GET A SPINE AND RISE UP VIA DEMONSTRATIOAND OTHER WAYS WE WILL ALWAYS BE VIEWED AS EXPENDABLE. ONE WAY IS NOT TO VOLUNTEER ANYMORE EXCEPT FOR OTHER OLDER FOLKS. IF THE YOUNGER PEOPLE WILL STAND BY AND LET THIS GENOCIDE HAPPEN WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT THEM? IT IS REALLY COLD THIS UNITED STATES AGAINST THE ELDERLY. THEY WANT US DEAD. DEAD AND DEAD!!

  4. I was wondering if my benefit would be recalculated this fall? I retired late last year. Social Security used 75000 estimate for 2015 earnings. I had my best year ever over 118500 . At least one of my best 35 years should be replaced in the benefit calculation.

    • Hi Stephen. Each year, we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to see if additional earnings may increase monthly benefits. If your latest year of earnings turns out to be one of your highest years, we refigure your benefit and pay you any increase due. This is an automatic process, and benefits are paid in December of the following year. For example, in December 2016, you should get an increase for your 2015 earnings if those earnings raised your benefit. The increase would be retroactive to January 2016. We hope this information helps.

      • I just retired in May this year, and filled for my benefits but up to now, there has been no deposit in my account. What is the problem?

        • Hi Stephen. For your security, and the security of others, we do not have access to information about your request in this venue. The best way to accomplish your business with Social Security online is by creating a personal my Social Security account. You can use my Social Security to get a proof of benefits letter, change your address or phone number on our records, start or change your direct deposit, and check your benefit and payment information.

    • It will be, recomps are done automatically late September or early October. Bring in your W2’s for last year now tp the local office and your recomp will be done sooner.

  5. Well. Over half a million people, perhaps mostly American citizens, who live outside the US receive SS benifets. According to present rule a great number of these people will not be able to enjoy and benefit from online direct access, simply because they don’t have a US address.
    When will this rule be revisited again out of fairness to all these people??
    Thank you.

    • I am retired living (happily) outside US permanently. Now I can NOT access my account online because of new security code required each time. The only way to get the code requires a mobile phone with US number and address. There are over 8-million citizens living abroad who now have no access to their accounts. Lovely 🙂

    • So the answer is…NO access. And no plan to correct this massive mistake?
      Question: If and when I die, my wife needs to access the account to report and apply for survivor benefits.
      How will she do this? I need to give her instructions. Please provide. Thank you.

    • I live outside the USA and have my SS benefits deposited in an American Bank that has this same bank in my country. I just go to the ATM and withdraw my money.

      • I’m moving also to Europe Paris or london what American bank do they have there. I’m here in FL right now. I think the wisest thi g is to give them bank name here. And withdraw money from overseas or give them my bank account details overseas ???? Anyone can advice. Please.

        • you need go over to say london set up home address and open bank account ,first ,,then transfer it from fl ,,i have but i also want toret back in uk i have to close bank here first cos no address here ,,,unless u have a relation use theirs

    • Hi Miriam, our Retirement Estimator gives estimates of monthly Social Security benefits based on your actual Social Security earnings record. We have a variety of calculators to help you plan for the future. Which calculator you choose depends on what you want to do. We suggest that you create a my Social Security account. With your personal my Social Security account, you can verify your earnings, get your Social Security Statement, and much more. Happy planning!

      • Tell her to get an I phone first so that she’ll meet the new arbitrary security measures. Hope she has an extra 100 bucks lying around.

      • How can I verify my earnings when ”my social security” account is only inaccessible with a US number cell phone ????? Tell me how please???

      • The questions above regarding US Citizens living abroad and who wish to access their account but have no US mobile phone number needs an answer from the SSA person. Please respond because there are many of us living outside the USA currently.

        • Thanks for your question, Stephen. my Social Security does not support cell phone numbers more than 10 digits at this time. We currently support international phone numbers only if they are within the North American numbering plan of 10 digits. You can contact your local Embassy or Consulate at to find out information about your account or any claims that you may file online. Hope this helps!

          • There is NO international cell phone that can be txted from the USA using only 10 digits. The 10 digit number HAS to have a country code before the 10 digit cell number. So your policy and your statement is absolutely incorrect and violates the discriminatory laws and the Accessibility laws of the USA

          • Actually, Stephen, you are incorrect. Canada and most of the Caribbean countries can be texted with 10 digits; they do not require country codes. U.S. citizens who are residents of those countries can use online access just fine. (And what discrimination law has “foreign residents” as a protected category?)

  6. If you own a home. can the social security take your home after you died , if they help you with home care and medicine

  7. Do I understand the statement released by the social security office that if you move out of the country for more then six consecutive months you could lose your SS retirement money.

  8. Hello to ya; listen i am at the moment drawing ss benfits, and to be quite honest it is not enough to live on. so that´s why i am still working 65 hours at least a month. now the question i have for you is; will my ss benfits increase as time goes by? by the way i am living outside of the US, a reply on my e-mail would be very helpful.

  9. I think it is ridiculous that my benefits, such as 80% of medical expense, is not in effect if an emergency surgery happens while on vacation out of country. Why am I penalized for going on holiday and having a medical problem?

  10. I worked very hard not smart way because nobody told me how to work towards retirement. Living in the USA is … need car then car payment, rental room with my puppies. I like to grow my vegetables as gardening and food.

  11. It would be nice if the SSA would email the periodic questionnaire instead of relying on snail mail. In my case, living in Thailand, I have to hope a from mailed from the Philippines gets to me in Khon Kaen. If I fail to receive it and therefore return it, my payments stop until I send one in.

  12. Hello, yesterday too I had been with the psychiatric doctor.. i am paying fees to my cardiologist, endocrinologist, skin doctor, psychiatric doctors and neurologist. I am paying them.. If I live in India , US do not have a Medicare coverage .. whatever i have saved from the ssi i am paying with that money.

    Globally US is no 1 country. I had a dream to live in US and do something outstanding education or work like any other Indians (many doctors, Egnineers, so on…people have achieved their dreams .. without having their dream they achieved may be.. they are all intelligent people.. they do not dream they work and go on claiming the ladder).. I am not intelligent woman.. I dream ..and try to achieve.. and fall from the ladder.. once or twice.. so I fell down.. I cannot work 9 to 5 job in an timed.. timed environment… so when I tried to work I fell sick and admitted hospital.. when there is a social stigma for the mental patients I cannot talk or write saying i am a mental patient.. I have to tell the society I am normal.. look i am writing books.. look I am cooking so on.. But when it comes to work with normal people i know I cannot flow.. I do not want to fall from the ladder again.. so now with the ssi money i am living outside the US. Do you think I am happy being outside the US… I am living outside the US.. because.. with the ssi money I can spend money in Rupees to my domestic servants to help me.. I need not to ask money form the person who has given me the shelter (for him there is an advantage too,, that i take care of his domestic day to day affairs , and he is also disabled so he can be relaxed.. he knows i am a trust worthy woman).. but this person is not looking after me by giving all that emotional support because he himself having personality disorder, polio, leg is not normal.. alcoholic.. and yet he is an Indian citizen people are there to help him.. help him in all respect.. but I am as an U.S citizen living in India.. people won’t help me in the first hand.. oh she is an American..with the stigma disabled woman..
    Here comes the feeling.. yes I am proud to be American.. and I have root from India.. so I am an IndoAmerican.. I should feel proud to be both.. I think India is my mother and America is my father by feeling and in my imagination.. But in reality.. i am under the wing of SSI.. I do not want it but i cannot quite also.. why shall I do? If i come to US to claim the ladder or stay on the first step platue status.. I need a shelter to keep that ladder on the floor.. where is the floor for me.. I always go and live with my brother, or with my son.. there comes my daughter in law her parents.. her sister.. where I will be .. I will be in the kitchen and cleaning and taking care of my grand child even with my high blood sugar i should not talk where is my dream come true coming from village(India) is this is the status? I am very emotional person.. I get attached to people very soon.. I do not know how to get detached.. I listen to music.. I study to understand Bipolar i am studying psychology.. I like to work online if possible.. I am taking medicine.. I am putting fuel to my dream yes US is the land of opportunity.. i think that statue of liberity calming me come back I am here.. you can fulfill your dream.. yes.. I will be back to that holy country.. I like to work.. in what way i do not know .. may be work from home in the starting point.. I like to have my own shelter.. I need my car back.. I like to help needy people.. America is my dream land.. I would like to come back.. Americans find their gods in their work ,, in their charity work.. they do not harm others.. only very few here and there and it is natural because humans are from animals origin.. that instincts are always there wherever humankind exists..it is the matter of fact what is the ration… As an Indian born.. i would like help here the needy people as much as I can.. as an American I like to achieve something like any other Indians who are in a high achievement status.. but me as a Bipolar victim.. I can write in the corner of the room with my writing ability.. and sell that book and help needy people and do you think America will give me emotional support.. in changing India.. people are looking for computer advancement youngsters are loosing their roots and they are not Indian nor western.. limbo.. India is very rich country with their ancient cultural heritage.. rich with gold and jewleries.. rich with population and more than anything Indians are rich with their intelligence more intelligence than and average American.. yet even after 70 years of Independence struggling to consider as developed country list.. what is the problem I have to cover my mother with a saree.. and that red bottu.. She is my mother..

    what shall Ido now.. shall I continue with my write ups.. whatever god has given me the natural ability.. but no one is here to support me.. because I am an American separated woman from alcoholic husband including my daughter in law she says “you do not have any rights to tell me anything” and where I have to belong if not within my family” shall I start working in an office and end up in mental hospital again..? I do not have my own shelter in that vast country .. I do not know how to find my shelter .. shall I just pray god to help me or for the people who are disabled Social Security come forward to give a stick to hold it ( by giving a bit of money ) I do not know what .. my tears are rolling down on my check while I am writing.. I love America.. I like to live in America.. but this so much of intelligent .. powerful people around.. I am like a sparrow eating grins given by SS. Folks people who are disabled can understand my feelings.. Normal people cannot understand this.. so let it go ..

    Yes I would like to come to Social Security office and tell them look I have fulfilled my dream from now onwards I will start giving you.. you receive it.. AM I DREAMING IT .. THT STATUE OF LIBERTY KNOWS AND THE SO CALLED SUPPER POWER KNOWS IT (GOD).. I am trying to understand what is bipolar.. I competed my Master degree in psychology from Indian university.. I like to come back and start working …. Folks please bless me and wish me..with your sacred heart..
    I donot like to give my name.. I love you all I like America should grow both vertically (going to Mars and start living there and so on) and horizontally.. Mrs. clinton and her family (US) do not like to travel alone she build the bridge horizontally too… God bless America and the rest (servo sukino bavanthu).

  13. Mr Walker, you and Social Security sure have a way of scaring people. First, let me remind you the “money” we are talking about belongs to the people who paid into it via the tax that came out of our pay checks and does not belong to the Government. If you think differently then you better have a very good explanation. Secondly, not everyone has a “cell phone” with texting. Your current plan is a bad one. A very “Bad” one. Third, SSI is different from SS benefits payments. Full SS payments should never be affected no matter where one lives. The exceptions are banned Countries list. Other than that the questionnaire is unnecessary except to determine of a person is a live or not. 30 days is way to short of a period for that determination, 60 days would be more appropriated considering paperwork that needs to be filled by family or friends. I hope you take my message seriously.

  14. OK, Now tell everyone how many non-American citizens are receiving social security, the citizens of other countries.

    • Yes!!! How many of the 50 thousand Bhutanese who are now entrenched in OH receive Social Security monies…?????
      They have nice newish huge SUVs, Vans, etc…that no US Citizen could afford living on min wage!
      They do NOT “drive” safely nor do they OBEY any traffic laws “driving” or “walking”…

  15. I am retired living (happily) outside US permanently. Now I can NOT access my account online because of new security code required each time. The only way to get the code requires a mobile phone with US number and address. There are over 8-million citizens living abroad who now have NO access to their accounts. Lovely 🙂

    • This verification business should be relaxed to allow verification with email also. Most of us recipients living outside the US have an email account, to receive this message. There should be no cell phone or US address requirement for online access.

      • I hope so. That email will be enough. At these comments are scaring me . Pla Ming to live overseas soon but I can only apply in two years. From Europe. So do I have to go to the US embassy to do that..can someone advise? Thank you. Sender : Maha

  16. I agree with Lawrence Westfall. I am living in Bangkok that is a bit better than Khon Kaen. SSA should consider using e-mail instead of rely on mail, especially mailing service in Thailand is horrible. Every year when I receive SSA report form, I am very glad that it gets to me and I must report back via “registered mail” just to make sure that it get back to the US. Lost mail is very common here, I did lost my check from TIAA CREF once and it took me half a year to get a replacement. SSA might argue that anybody can reply the e-mail for you. In this case SSA can randomly ask a person to report at the local US Consulate in person before stop the payment. I rather do that more than relying on Thai Mailing Service.

  17. So the answer is…NO access. And no plan to correct this massive mistake?
    Question: If and when I die, my wife needs to access the account to report and apply for survivor benefits.
    How will she do this? I need to give her instructions. Please provide. Thank you.

    • As you can’t apply for widow(er) benefits online you have to call 800-772-1213 for information on how to apply. You can also contact your local Embassy or Consulate for how to file your claim.

    • Thank you for your question. Your wife cannot apply for survivors benefits online. If she wants to apply for survivors benefits on your record, she will need to contact her Social Security office at 1-800-772-1213 to request an appointment. She can speed up the application process if she completes an Adult Disability Report and have it available at the time of her appointment.

  18. I DESPERATELY NEED MONEY DISABILITY IM LIVING IN POVERTY NOW AND GET NO RENTAL ASSISTANCE OR MEDICADE AM HANDICAPPED GET NO MEALS ON WHEELS AND ONLY A PATHETIC $16 DAMN DOLLARS A MONTH IN FOOD STAMPS THIS SUCKS AND IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE IN THE $$$$$$$RICHEST$$$$$$$ STATE ON EARTH TEXAS BENIFITS 4 DISABLED WHITE MEN AGE 57 TOTALLY SUCK AND I DEMAND MORE HELP IMMEDIATELY!!! I CANNOT MAKE IT ON THE $1082 EVERY MONTH WHEN MY RENT AND LIVING EXPENSES ARE $1062 a EVERY DAMN MONTH PLEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ HELP ME 4 GOD’S SAKE!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SINCERELY, JOHN EDWARD LAUFFER, JR.
    ********************************************

  19. These poor people like to steal from SSI. They will not notify the SSA that they are outside the US. Most of them will never get caught because the SSA doesn’t check. The SSA doesn’t even have the staff or resources to check with the Department of Homeland Security. The worst that will happen to them if they get caught is to repay the overpayment. Then they will ask for a waiver to repay the overpayment because they can’t afford to pay it back.

    The Democrats want to give illegal immigrants green cards so the illegal immigrants can collect SSI and live back in their native country good while the US tax payers is getting ripped off.

  20. “Over half a million people who live outside the United States receive some kind of Social Security benefit, including retired and disabled workers, as well as spouses, widows, widowers, and children”. It doesn’t matter if you live inside or outside the US, the Socialist Security system can’t even fix an outdated “RULE” that they use to justify discrimination against physically disabled people.

    If you are a physically disabled person (an adult disabled child) and you happen to marry an “able bodied person” you will be loosing out on a lifetime of benefits, all because of a one word “rule” that prohibits you from marrying an “able bodied person”. Best of all, they never tell you about their “Rule” so that they can justify cutting off any benefits that you may be due.

    Because you are physically disabled (adult disabled child) and you choose not to marry another adult disabled child or disabled person drawing off socialist security, you WILL LOOSE ANY AND ALL BENEFITS FOR LIFE. This means that the SOCIALIST SECURITY system is TELLING YOU WHO YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MARRY and who you are
    NOT ALLOWED TO MARRY! It is a discriminatory act “rule” and should be ILLEGAL!

    Even though I am permanently and totally disabled, if I marry an “able bodied person”, somehow that marriage makes everything ok and I am no longer considered disabled (in the eyes of the socialist security system). Magically (because I married an able bodied person), the pixie fairies come down and cure my disability, because now I can just go out and find gainful employment, no one will discriminate against my physical disability and everything will be grand, right? Somehow magically, marrying an able bodied person makes my physical disablility dissappear and now I am cured, right? WRONG!

    The issue is a special “Rule” that the Socialist Security System uses to discriminate against “certain” people. If you are a “physically disabled person” (AKA-certain people) and happen to marry an able bodied person, then the SOCIALIST SECURITY system will use special “Rules” to legally discriminate against you and deny you benefits, even if you appeal online.

    The SOCIALIST SECURITY system has caused me a lot of economic hardship all because I married an able bodied person. The SOCIALIST SECURITY system thinks someone who is physically disabled (permanently and totally disabled) marries an “able bodied person”, that somehow magically they are cured of their physical disability and two people can survive off the able bodied persons income. WOW, talk about a bunch of bureaucratic idiotic thinking, that somehow this would not cause a financial hardship….. amazing.

    The rules that the Social Security Administration uses to legally discriminate against persons who are “Adult Disabled Children” who happen to marry an able bodied person, are discriminatory. This is loosely referred to as the “marriage penalty” but I call it exactly what it is, a legal form of discrimination.
    I firmly believe this rule, is an act of bias, prejudice and discrimination against people who (by no fault of their own) are born disabled and happen to marry an able bodied person

    Please write your Congressional Representative and tell them to end this modern day form of Legal Discrimination. In this day of fairness and equality, there are still some people suffering from an outdated and oppressive bureaucratic rule.

    (PS. notice how the only thing any of these SOCIALIST SECURITY workers ever say are quotes of the rules or processes, like a worker drone. They are unable to address any topics that fall outside of their rule books). Typical bureaucracy and bureaucratic responses, like trying to argue over lost change with a vending machine!

  21. I plan on retiring to Belize in 8 years, and I certainly hope by then that the government gets their act together, join the 21st century, and open the online access to any address in this WORLD !!! My SS# goes with me, no matter where I am, and you can’t be on any official government site without entering your last 4 digits of your SS# – SO – why would it matter that my address is within the US or outside of the US?

  22. After reading the beneficiaries’ living abroad point of view, I realize that some legislation should be done in order to embrace them in the system. Lets put our hand together to connect these people to the SS directly. The ruling of a U.S. address and phone number could be changed for those leaving abroad. Maybe the American Embassies could make the proper identification.
    The problem exists, so, lets find a solution.

  23. I feel exactly the same way as Jerry Mr Walker as thousands of us do. These rules are more communistic in nature than democratic. It is really scary living like this .

  24. I retired in the Philippines, there is no Medicare coverage here, That is the dilemma of retirees that reside here. But the US embassy employees, have their health coverage. I wonder, if the SSS, already address this problem, or already have a solution, that I do not know. Please help.

  25. I live overseas, and do not have a U.S. cell phone. Yet now you tell me that I can neither review nor receive my annual statement unless I have a U.S. cell phone (your site will not accept my overseas cell phone number). With so many of us living outside the U.S., some accommodation should be made so that we can access our accounts and not be cut off and abandoned.

  26. WHAT A CROCK! THESE SIGHTS ARE A JOKE! DISGUSTED TO CALL MYSELF AN AMERICAN & DISGUSTED WITH THE USA. people working in gov. department’s say they can help. do you have any idea how many bogus gov. jobs out there that say they can help and DON’T? they give false info which hurt you more, and don’t help. THEY SHOULD BE FIRED. there would be more money for DISABLED PEOPLE, VET’S ETC…LIKE ME.
    PEOPLE JUST COMING IN THE usa ARE GETTING IT ALL!!! EVERYTHING!!! THEY ARE LIVING MY AMERICAN DREAM!!! born and raised in the usa. PAID into the system since 16yrs old. told to do this, told to do that to mess my credit even more. no land lord will rent to me. now homeless. in a tent, in a park, in parking lots one eye open, one closed. praying my dog and i will be safe and not go to jail. THANK GOD FOR THE CAR the only roof over my head which the gov. says i don’t need, nor a cell phone, dog or tv) all these sights, gov dept’s are worried about is me having a P.O. BOX for my mail. if not things I received this year will be taken from me…
    medications and rent increase with NO COST OF LIVING INCREASE FOR 7YRS BECAUSE OF THE OBAMA CARE DID ME IN . what a joke. $20 increase in 2014 &15 is NO HELP!!!!
    i know someone NOT born here, husband makes more $ than GOD gets FREE COLLEGE. that’s just one. i know a few others getting gov. help and don’t deserve it..
    the white house is the PEOPLE’S HOUSE! I WROTE TO OBAMA. ASKED HOW MUCH PER ROOM TO RENT. THEY THOUGHT I WAS JOKING. I WASN’T!!!!
    You have more was of the rich keeping their $$$ than us….banks are bailed out while we get hit with high interest rates and late fees….you need to stop the bull and take care of those that are in really need.
    been inventing my whole life. came up with 85 item that took others 5 to 30 yrs to think of. still have more ideas. people could be working including myself but you make it impossible to do so…
    so much more to complain about. whats the use. it will go in one ear and out the other andy you’ll do nothing to help…..why have these sites if your not going to do anything about helping…..i’m to much of a lady to really say what’s on my mind with the gov. you should all go through what we are and feel what we are feeling. MAYBE SOMETHING WOULD BE DONE ABOUT THE SITUATIONS!!! YEAH RIGHT! WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THE SAME WE ARE GOING THROUGH!!!

    • In Florida, the Division of Driver License has a line for US Citizens and a line for Non-Citizens.

      Social Security should make two ALJ hearing waiting periods, one for SSDI and another for SSI. The American Workers who are applying for SSDI should have a shorter waiting period than SSI. Those applying for welfare(SSI) should have a longer waiting period.

      The American Workers who labored hard and pay taxes have to wait behind lazy people who never work or paid federal taxes.

      The American Workers have to wait, mess up their credit, and become homeless before they can speed up their hearing date.

      The lazy people who never work a day in their lives can get a hearing date much faster because of Dire Need. Of course everyone applying for SSI has Dire Need because their maximum resources is $2000 and that money would run out by the time they get their initial decision.

      The American Working Class gets penalized all the time.

      The American Working Class can get denied at Step 4 of the disability process because the SSA lied and said they can perform their previous work. The lazy people who never work a day in their lives can skip Step 4 because they don’t have any previous work history.

      The people who do hard manual labor all of their life hasn’t increased their life expectancy. They die off early. The SSA doesn’t want to give them disability and force them to go back to work, so they can die and never collect Social Security retirement.

      The lazy people who never working a day in their lives on SSI can collect for the rest of their lives while the tax payers pay for everything including food stamps, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing.

  27. A worker has a 1 in 4 chance of becoming disabled before they retire. What are the chances of a lazy bum who never work a day in their lives becoming disabled?

    • The people on SSDI is only one fourth of the total people on Social Security Retirement.

      The people on SSI disability is doubled the amount of people on SSI older than 65.

      The SSA has been handing out free SSI money, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing to these lazy people on SSI. They are going to live longer and put a burden on SSI older than 65 in the future just like the people receiving Social Security Retirement are doing now. There is going to be an explosion of these people on SSI for people over 65.

      The Medicaid expansion really messed up the SSI program because more people are able to get disability through medical records and live longer to receive SSI for people over 65.

      There is so much fraud in SSI from people working, hiding resources, and moving outside the US.

  28. The new 10 digit cell phone number requirement to log onto my S.S. has effectively block out millions of expats who need to add a country code in order to get the security code text message. All other service providers who have this requirement at least had the common sense to allow for 13 digit cell numbers so as not block out customers with cell phone in foreign countries.

  29. I am an American citizen currently living in Taiwan. I will most likely retire here in Taiwan. Will I be able to apply for and receive SS benefits once I reach retirement age?

    Thank you.

  30. The SSA is a bunch of crooks. You become vested in the retirement plan and they can’t guarantee you nothing.

    Increase the amount of credits needed if they are not vested yet. Increase their age if they are not vested yet. Why does the SSA rip people off who are vested in their retirement plan?

    The local government and private sector doesn’t do this to people who are vested in their retirement plan.

    • You work early in life, minimum wage is low and your earnings are low. You become vested and your benefits are low.

      A person who works later in life has a higher wage due to cost of living and higher minimum wage.

      If they only work 40 credits to get vested, the person doing the 40 credits later in life would get more. The person who is vested later in life causes more benefits to be paid out for the same amount of credits.

      A person who start working when they are 18-67 has 49 years of service. Only 35 of those years are calculated. Instead of increasing the age, increase the years of service. Those who have not work as long would make less.

  31. Over half a million receiving benefits, not all have current US addresses. Those sith no US address can not benefit from online access, according to present requirements. Will you revisit the requirement that excludes all these people?

  32. I was dupe by receiving benefits too early,no one said that that it would impact your monthly benefits .I for one am still smarting for signing up at 63+

  33. RE: SSA-7162-OCR-SM, Report to the United States Social Security Administration.

    I received a delayed form n September due a cock up with the Post Office of Costa Rica. So immediately on September 23, 2016, bus home and called SSA at 1-800-772-1213 waiting 58 minutes online for an agent. I got one and he helped filed the form over the phone.

    Now today, I go to the Post Office here and guess what, I had a new form with a promise to cut off my fund in 45 days if I don’t do the form. This one “Second request Oct 05, 2016.” Now I am waiting online for a wait of thirty-five minutes to walk through this again. Will your office in Wilkes Barrie PA 18767-7162, be happy with me UNLESS I DO SEND in the form? You cut off a friend here because she never got the form and it cost her $30 and must upset to get the US Embassy in San Jose to fix her money-held-back-problem? Location the SSA employee in San Jose who could help her was a major part of her nightmare I recall.

    What is your best advice? Are the phone agents ever authorized to do this for me?

  34. My 4 year old daughter Juwayria was born in reston virginia usa
    She was diagnosed as midly autistic
    We now live in the militancy hit kp province of Pakistan
    Her condition has detoriated because there are no facilities for early intervention in autistic kids
    She has a great chance if she is given special care in usa which i cannot afford
    Pls help my daughter
    Best wishes
    Maheen

  35. If my residency is in a foreign country, can I open an account for online services, such as “my Social Security”?
    If not, it is a real problem…getting regular mail takes as much as a month and is not very secure.

    • We are sorry for the inconvenience, Michael. 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. Please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to your Social Security benefits.

  36. Hi,

    I’m an American citizen and was working steadily in the U.S. from 1982 until 2009. I have been living and working abroad as a U.S. Resident in South Korea since 2009. I have not paid any Social Security tax since I stopped working in 2009. I used to receive yearly statements from Social Security; telling me how much I had accumulated in benefits and how much I could expect to get in monthly retirement benefits if I waited until the age of 71.

    My question is, do I still have accumulated SS benefits under my name even if I am not currently earning a U.S. based income? What happens if I decide to come back to the U.S. and start working again? Will my SS contributions be added to what I already had deducted over the previous 27 years or will I have forfeited anything I accumulated and have to start from scratch?

  37. hello,
    I would like to inquire on how long am I allowed to stay outside the US and still continue to receive my SSA.
    Thank you in advance.

  38. I, too, am disabled. I worked hard, got into an Ivy League college, worked my way through school and became an architect. My husband and I started our own business and paid Social Security Self Employment Tax every year on time. Then my neck was injured and it became completely disabling because I had spent so many years bending over a drafting board. I tried to keep working but lost my hand coordination.

    Finally got SSDI. It was a relief but my husband and I still had to refinance our house and take the maximum amount out to cover the medical bills and insurance premiums that had increased to $2800/month. Our baby was only 17 months old and I could not care for him and clean the house and do grocery shopping so we had to hire a full time nanny/housekeeper so my husband could work. No matter how many hours he worked we had to put the mortgage on credit cards. After $87,000 in debt we had to declare bankruptcy.

    I would have helped out but I couldn’t use my arms. I learned to pick things up off the floor and turn off light switches with my feet.

    After about 8 years my neck was better so I went back to school to learn Spanish with plans to become a court translator. Was accepted to a translation school with very very strict requirements and did well in the program. I lived and breathed translation staying up all night to finish my projects. But when we reached the part where you have to translate the 3 sentences at a time, I was experiencing memory lapses.

    At that point I realized I could not do court translation so I decided to get my credential to teach English to Spanish speaking people. Took more classes, passed the test to get a teaching credential but was having trouble walking to my linguistics class. Went to a neurologist and was immediately diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Still determined to start teaching, I ended up spending the next 6 months out of the hospital and my doctor told me I had a very serious case of it. That’s when my husband broke down in tears and told me he had just lost his job. He found another job at half the salary so we did everything we could to save money. Sold things on the Internet, canceled cable, started eating less, had no money to help our son go to college. He went to medical school but cannot make enough money to make his student loan payments. Our brilliant president from 2000-2008 gutted financial aid for students and made student loans private with high interest while students were going to school. So our son now owes $240,000. He can’t even get married or buy a house so he could never help me.

    So here I am with nothing, no retirement and not enough to live on. My Social Security payment never goes up anymore, battling MS and facing the horror of a new administration that is determined to make the rich richer and the poor can die (they are just lazy bums).

    I still live in the US where I was born but I want to leave. I really want to leave. That’s why I read everyone’s posts., That’s why I am on this blog.

    Bernie is right. It’s time for a revolution. We need to overthrow this administration and start redistributing the wealth. Whatever it takes. That is why we have the right to bear arms. Time to form a militia and get them OUT!!!

  39. Why is it that just because I’m living outside of the states (The Netherlands) and a US Citizen, that I am unable to create an account on “my Social Security” page? When trying to make an account It states that I must have a stateside address and telephone number which I don’t have. (I took a European Out when I left the Army back in ’83 and both parent’s are deceased).

    • We apologize for the inconvenience Mr. Hill and appreciate you trying to use our online services. At this time you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or to access your online account. 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. Please contact your 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!

      • Thank you very much for you response Ray. Much appreciated.
        I do , however, have just one more question that hopefully you can answer.
        Is the benefit’s paid out in US$ or in the currency denomination of the country in which I am living? If it’s the latter, then what about currency conversion fee(s). Who’s responsible for that. Me or the SSA? If it’s me, then instead of having my benefit’s paid out to a local bank here in The Netherlands, can I instead have them paid out to bank there in the States, such as Payoneer (I already have an account with them), for which I already have a MasterCard Debit card? That way I wouldn’t have to pay any currency conversion charge’s?
        Again, thank you for your support and I hope to see you reply soonest.
        😉

        • hi Glenn. International Direct Deposit (IDD) for some countries is in U.S. dollars. Other countries included in multinational contracts that receive IDD in local currency, deposits are transmitted to the processing banks, where the exchange rate is established. We ask our customers living abroad to contact their nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to their Social Security benefits. This link includes the U.S. Embassy email address and their telephone number. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps.

  40. My mom just had her Social Security benefits suspended without any notification. She lives in the U.K and had received benefits for the past 3 years. How can this be rectified? Need a little help!

    • Hi Gerald, we are sorry for the inconvenience. You’re right, at this time you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or to access your online account. 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. Please contact your 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.

  41. My mom is on Social Security and what makes the current Administration Donald Trump and Mike Pence and Paul Ryan thinking they’re doing by taking trying to take Social Security Medicare and Medicaid away they should be ashamed of themselves for lion on the campaign Trail saying I hope I will not get rid of Social Security Medicare Medicaid we will trying to find a solution to pay into it to keep it around Donald Trump lied I think Paul Ryan should be ashamed of yourself cuz he does not care about the American people or what they want future retirees and retirees at this point rely on Social Security children rely on social security for benefits if they take it away that be tens of thousands of Americans outside of the United States and also in the United States that will be no coverage whatsoever for them nursing homes hospitals will go busted the industry would be closed and water people will be hungry and homeless because it won’t be there for their houses or apartments or place to live Paul Ryan is an idiot Donald Trump is a loser and Mike Pence is removed as well as the other two the Trump supporters put his hand over and jam if this happens we will be screwed financially in this country will be ruined Beyond repair I hope to God that it doesn’t happen

  42. I want to know if i am outside of the country, if i have to prensent taxes every year? if there are a special form for that or i dont have to present and pay taxes every year?
    Im not sure if i write correctly in english what i want to say. i will try in spanish.
    Lo que quiero saber es si siendo jubilada y viviendo fuera del pais debo presentar declaracion de renta todos los años y si es asi donde puedo ver el formulario. y saber si debo algo.

  43. I am a US Citizen living in India. I will be 62 in July 2017. I have the necessary credits to be eligible for Social Security benefits. I have received the estimated benefit statement from Social Security office about a year ago.

    I understand I will get reduced benefits if I apply before my full retirement age. It is OK with me and I do want to apply for my Social Security Benefits now so that I can begin to receive social security when I turn 62.

    Questions:

    1. I am a shareholder in 2 private companies in India and one private company in US. I do not actually do any work for them and not do I receive any income from them. Does this mean I cannot apply for Social Security Benefits until I reach 66 years?

    2. If I sell all my shares in the Indian companies but continue to be a shareholder in the US company, will I qualify for applying for Social Security benefits?

    Thank you
    Rali Panchanatham

    • Thank you for your question Rali. There may be specific questions that may arise in connection with claims involving individuals who are shareholders in a corporation and its operation. In your situation, and for any assistance related to your Social Security benefits, please contact the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, which services the area where you are living. This link includes the U.S. Embassy email address. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps.

  44. Good day mam/sir;

    I just wanna ask about my daughter’s benefits her benefit starts on january this year the problem is we didn’t get the first cheque you send it to us by mail for we are living outside the country and were still waiting for it to arrive but we already report it to the american embassy here in the Phillipines and we were told that they gonna cancel it and issue another one for that month and we were lucky we got the second payment , we just like to inform you about what happen with the first payment!we already send the direct deposit form to the american embassy here in the phillipines!
    Thank you for assisting us!

    • Hello Marie Jane. Unfortunately, your request is a bit more complex than we can handle in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to information about your daughters account in this venue. We urge you to continue working with your local embassy or consulate office. You can find their contact information, including an email address, on our Office of International Operations page. Hope this helps!

  45. Hello,
    I emigrated to the US in 1985 and returned to the UK in 2012. I never naturalized and remained a Alien Resident until my return to the UK in 2012

    Based on my work history which is over 20 years paying into Social Security will I ever be eligible for retirement benefits even though I am now back in the UK. And how would I proceed to follow up this to make a claim if I do qualify.

    Thank you for you assistance.

    • Hello Darren. Thank you for your question. Generally, to be eligible for Social Security benefits, an individual must be either: a U.S. citizen, or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence. However, in some cases, we may pay benefits to non-citizens outside of the United States if they meet certain conditions. For payments to non-citizens living outside the United States, go to our Frequently Asked Questions web page. Additionally, we urge you to contact the U.S. Embassy in UK, for further assistance. Here is our Office of International Operations home page which provides more information for individuals living abroad. We hope this information helps.

  46. I have lived outside US for nearly 8 years. When i left i was a resident not a citizen but i didnt file taxes the last year i was there (2009). How do i get in contact with Social Security to see if i could claim whatever money i have? and how will the process be if live in south america now. Thanks!

    • Hi Carlos. Generally, you will need to have 40 “credits”, or 10 years of paying Social security taxes to qualify for any type of Social Security benefit. Credits are the “building blocks” we use to find out whether you have the minimum amount of covered work to qualify for each type of Social Security benefits. If you stop working before you have enough credits to qualify for benefits, your credits will stay on your record. If you return to work later on, you can add more credits so that you can qualify. No benefits can be paid if you do not have enough credits. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page to learn more about Social Security benefits and non-citizens. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Thanks.

  47. My mother passed away recently and was a beneficiary living outside the US, I cannot find and email or phone number to call from abroad to report her death. Help would be appreciated!

    • We are sorry to hear about your loss Matthew. To report the death, you can contact the nearest U.S. Embassy in the area. You may also contact us by phone, but you will need to pay for the call because we do not currently have a toll-free service for calls from outside the U.S. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Keep in mind that to be eligible for a Social Security benefit payment, a person has to live throughout the entire month. Social Security benefits are paid the month after they are due. For example, if the person dies in January, you must return the benefit paid in February. Although, some of the deceased’s family members may be eligible to receive survivor’s benefits. We hope this information helps.

    • Thank you for your question Celinda. You may still be eligible to continue to receive your Title II Social Security payments outside the United States. Please keep in mind that if you receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect your eligibility for disability, retirement, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you reside abroad, there may also be times when contact with your local American embassy or consulate is required. Please visit our Payments Abroad Screening Tool web page to find out if you can continue to receive your payments in Mexico. . Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps!

  48. Hello,
    If I have lived in USA for 10+ years, but have not accumulated 40 credits, and I am living outside the USA (country from list 4), can I get SS benefits after retirement or disability? Or can my family get survival benefits?
    Thanks

    • In the United States you will generally need to have 40 “credits”, or 10 years of paying Social Security taxes to qualify for any type of Social Security benefit. Workers who have divided their careers between the United States and a foreign country sometimes fail to qualify for retirement, survivors or disability insurance benefits (pensions) from one or both countries because they have not worked long enough or recently enough to meet minimum eligibility requirements. Under a “Totalization Agreement”, such workers may qualify for partial U.S. or foreign benefits based on combined, or “totalized,” coverage credits from both countries. Please visit our International Programs webpage to learn more.

  49. I live legally in Canada and have my ss check direct deposited. It is never late. Except today. Can someone please tell me the correct phone number to call to see what has happened? I live in Nova Scotia.

    Harry

  50. Dear sirs, i have resided outside the U.S. no for 17 years. I live in Mexico now, my parents needed of a third party to care for them. Now that this part of my life is over, i ask, how do i apply for ssn benefits now that i will be oving in Mexico. Is it possible?? Please help with information, i am totally lost in this subject.

  51. My father who was an american citizen died more than 2 years ago. My mother (who is a non US-citizen) receives her monthly sss survivor benefits.

    Per advise of the US Embassy, she is required to enter the US territory every 6 months so that her benefits will not be stopped.

    She is turning 67 years old this July 2017 and it is possible that because of her health it will not be very convenient for her to go to the US every 6 months.

    Is there a way that she can continue receiving her benefits without going to the US every 6 months? Is it possible for her just to physically report to the US Embassy here in Manila, Phils. instead.

    I hope you can kindly reply to this query. Thank you.

    • In most cases, we stop payments to non-citizens after they are outside the United States for six calendar months in a row. For assistance with your Social Security benefits, please continue working with the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. To learn more about the law regarding payments outside the U.S. for Social Security beneficiaries please click here.

  52. Hello. I’ve been living in Philippines for 6 months now and on disability, social security has not corresponded to me since I moved in oct 2016, before moving I went to social security office and gave them all the info including new mailing address in the philippines so they could stop the medicare and not my payment. Its been six months and I have sent them 2 letters and still heard nothing from them they are also garnishing medicare premiums from my check after I closed the insurance in the U.S. before I left. The social security office in the embassy you can’t never get through to them. What the hell do I do? Are they gonna cut my benefits off as now I paid 1,650 peso for fed x to mail the 3rd letter, im so worried that my own gov is gonna leave me hanging by not doing their job and my benefits be in trouble. Please help me here, this is stressful not knowing what the hell going on and why they have not responded.

    • We apologize for the inconvenience Ken. In your situation you should still contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, which services the area where you are living. This link includes the U.S. Embassy email address. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more contact information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps!

    • There is a good chance you can contact the SSA in Manila bynusing email. I don’t recall the address, but they do respond, although using your SSAN is not recommended. Also, I have used philpost registered mail rather than fedex and it works. Slow, but does get to the address

  53. Hello,
    My Mom is a US Citizen living in Canada. She has been receiving Social Security checks since about 2010 (I think survivor benefits after my Dad passed away many years ago).

    I drove to Canada last weekend to help my Mom with her income taxes, and found several unopened letters deep in her paperwork stack. There were two form 7162 letters dated in 2015, and a letter saying the SSA was going to stop her benefits since they had not heard from her. On further research, I found that the SSA hasn’t sent her Social Security check since February of 2016!!! And some of her monthly auto-pay bills have been failing due to the money not being in her account.

    To get her checks going again, does she just fill out the 7162 and send it in? Or is there something else she needs to do? Due to health reasons she can no longer travel to the nearest SSA office in the US, but I can probably travel to Canada and take her to the US Consulate near where she lives. Also, will she get the last year’s worth of missing checks?

    Thanks,
    Ken

    • Hi Ken, thank you for using our blog to communicate with us! We are required to periodically verify if individuals living outside the United States are still eligible for Social Security benefits. In your mother’s situation, a face-to-face interview will probably expedite the reinstatement of her Social Security benefits. Taking your mom to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate is a great idea. Also, this directory provides the Social Security Administration’s Resident Office for those beneficiaries residing in Canada. If you are concerned that she may be having problems managing her benefits, ask about the Social Security’s Representative Payment Program. We hope this information helps!

      • Thank you for your response, Ray. I am still a little confused on what our next step should be, though.

        Should she send in the 7162 first? Or set up an appointment at the consulate? (I’ve found in other situations, the consulate would not allow family members to attend meetings, and I am afraid my Mom won’t fully understand what she is being asked). Or, should I contact an SSA office local to me here in the US to talk through what should be done?
        – Ken

        • Hi Ken, please contact your local office for guidance. Based on the information you provided earlier and the length of time that your mother’s benefits have been suspended, a face-to-face interview may be required. Thanks!

  54. I did not receive my direct deposit benefits since march 2017 till now for no reason, I made so many calls and emails and the American embassy in cairo , with no responds, please help me, I am 74 yrs , and desperate for my benefits. thank you ! my ss# *** – ** – **** , live in alex. egypt

    • Thank you for using our blog to communicate with us! For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this venue. For assistance with your Social Security benefits, please continue working with the nearest U.S. Embassy in your area. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps.

  55. Just signed up for Medicare A from outside the US. Website said to check my online account or make an online account to see status of the application as well as other benefits.

    Online accounts cannot be setup if an address outside the US was used for registration.

    So, how do I check if the application for Medicare A has gone through?

    • You’re right, you need a U.S. address to register for a my Social Security account. 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. Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy in your area, for any assistance related to Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Please remember that you do not need a U.S. address to access our website and obtain general information about our programs. Thanks.

  56. My query has to do with survivor benefits. As background, I am a retiree receiving SSA benefits and my children also receive benefits through a payee representative. I live overseas. The two children who receive the benefits are presently 13 and 16 years old. I also have an adopted daughter 18 years old, but she is not eligible as she is not a US citizen. My wife is also not a US citizen and also living overseas (our entire family). I am a retired federal employee, receiving a Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuity. My question has to do with the survivor benefits my children may be eligible for if I should die and my wife is also gone. I understand that if the children apply for SSA survivor benefits, they may lose eligibility for the federal employee survivor benefit. Can you advise me about this so I can plan ahead for my children.

  57. How the Social Security Administration knows when someone receiving SS benefits dies abroad. I had a cousin living in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) that passed away a year ago, he has no family there and his Social Security check was deposited in one of the local banks. I don’t believe any body notify the Social Security Office of his death and I don’t believe the bank was going to do it either.

    • Thank you for your feedback Solange. We are required to periodically verify if individuals living outside the United Sates are still eligible for Social Security benefits. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents to provide more information about this case. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact the local Social Security office.

  58. I live outside the USA. Can I sign up for mySocialSecurity? Also is there a way to download form 7162 and submit it online? Last year there was a lot of delay in receiving the form and caused me a lot of anxiety. With everything going online like e-filing by IRS etc why does not SSA also do everything online?

    • We apologize for the inconvenience Ven. If you’re referring to opening or creating a “my Social Security account”, you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or to access your online account. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for creating 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. Please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance related to 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.

  59. I receive SSDI and heard horrible stories about the CDR (continuing disability review) mail that does not reach the Philippines A LOT OF TIMES. This is extremely scary because they will stop payments if these forms are not returned on time. The mail system here is corrupt and I need some sort of alternative that will make CDR transition much better. Being stuck in a foreign country with no money is extremely dangerous when one is a foreigner. Any tips?

  60. I AM OUT OF THE UNITED STATES AND MY SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT IS GOING TO AN ACCOUNT I DONT HAVE ACCESS TO PRESENTLY. CAN I UPDATE MY DIRECT DEPOSIT INFORMATION USING MY DAUGHTERS BANK INFORMATION?

    OR CAN I RECEIVE PAYMENT THROUGH PREPAID CARDS. PLEASE HELP

  61. Is there any kind of SS waiver for US citizens that are subject to the Foreign Work Test, while collecting SS benefits living abroad if the US citizen’s part-time self-employment income is very negligible? Or will the SS still suspend the entire amount of monthly benefits, for the number of months worked, even though this suspension will result in extreme financial hardship bordering on homelessness? Example: beneficiary is 65 (and will turn 66 in two months) and has been receiving $500 monthly but worked part-time the previous 3 months at 45~50 hours monthly.Then the work stops. Will the SS still deduct the $500 per month for the previous three months worked, for a total of $1500, regardless that the deduction would result in extreme financial hardship?

    • Hi Joe. The foreign work test only applies to monthly benefits of those who work before attaining their full retirement age. If you were born between 1943 and 1954 then your full retirement age is 66. Under the foreign work test, your monthly benefit is withheld for each calendar month that you work:
      A. Outside the U.S.;
      B. In work for pay not covered by Social Security; and
      C. For more than 45 hours.
      For further assistance with your Social Security benefits, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy in your area. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps.

  62. Are there ways to not have to fly back to the US for a CDR, if it gets to that point? Could the person being reviewed skype from the nearest US embassy? People on SSDI usually don’t have the resources to just fly back and forth to the US on demand.
    Also, are consultations done with US-based doctors over skype (or other internet services) considered legitimate by the SSA? Thank you.

  63. I am an American citizen living in the Philippines and draw my SS benefits. I live with my son born here who has his US citizenship and his mother a Filipino. His mother draws SS benefits for our son. Our six year old son has signs of emotional distress which greatly affects his school performance and his ability to get along with other children. If an evaluation by a Filipino doctor establishes a disability for our son, are there any benefits available for the treatment and special care needed for him from SS or SSI?

    • Thank you for your question Dennis. A child under age 18 may be disabled, but we don’t need to consider the child’s disability when deciding if he or she qualifies for benefits as your dependent. The child’s benefits normally stop at age 18 unless he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or high school (benefits can continue until age 19) or if the child is disabled. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI is only paid to residents of one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands. See “SSI Eligibility Requirements” for more information. Thanks.

  64. Hi.
    I have 2 US born citizen kids ages 9 and 2 but we ( parents ) are not US citizen.We are living in Dubai because we do not have legal status/visa to live in USA.Education K-12 is very expensive and we are unable to afford their education.Please advise are my kids eligible to get any education allowance from US government living abroad? We have not yet taken any allowance from US government and spending all the expenses by myself for their health and education.Thank you

  65. Hi Ray. Thanks for helping so many here. I’m kinda planning on moving to Thailand in the next couple of years and had two questions related to that. If I wait until I actually start collecting benefits before I move and have it deposited in a US banking account will I still need to provide a US mailing address? I won’t be here but guess I could still keep my PO Box. Only problem there is that I’d have to return each year to renew the box.

    Second question is if I decide to move to Thailand before I begin collecting SS benefits will I need to return to the US to apply. I think I’d prefer that but how will the agency respond if I say I live overseas even tho I want my monthly checks deposited in a US bank which I’d request them to transfer a portion to a Thai bank.

    Many thanks!

    • Thank you for your questions Tom. If you qualify for retirement benefits, and are living outside of the U.S., you can apply for your benefits through the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Keep in mind that when you receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes. Under current law, we are required to periodically verify if individuals living outside the United States are still eligible for Social Security benefits. You will be required to report your residential address as well as your mailing address. Also, you can establish direct deposit at the time that you apply for your benefits. At this time, you will need a U.S. address to register for a “my Social Security account”, but you do not need a U.S. address to apply for your benefits online. Our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. For further assistance, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this information helps.

  66. Thank you Ray. I really appreciate the information. I spoke with my local SSA office today and this will be an easy transition. I hope you know how much all of us appreciate you taking time for us. I/we very much appreciate you. Thanks again!!

  67. Hi Ray. Just a follow-up to be sure I’m clear on things. I plan on applying and actually be receiving SS benefits before I move overseas. I was told by the local SS office that they won’t mail anything to me so I wouldn’t need to provide a Thai address. I found that odd as I thought they’d need to mail something in January for tax preparation. Am I correct on that or can I receive it via e-mail? Also, I will have the “My Social Security Account” established before I relocate. I don’t expect there to be any issues with that account after I relocate or should I? I still plan on keeping my P.O. Box for an extended time after I relocate so I have a place for my mail to collect. I’ll return once or twice a year to pick up anything that came my way. By keeping a US P.O. Box will that eliminate the need to keep the SSA apprised of any Thai mailing address or residential address? I think someone might have asked this before but due to the possible slowness of (or loss of) mail in the Thai system does the SSA give ample time to reply to any correspondence they send like inquiring about a persons current address?

    Thanks Ray!!

    • Hi Tom! You’re right, each year (in January), we mail an SSA-1099 to Social Security beneficiaries. As previously explained, we are required to periodically verify if individuals living outside the United States are still eligible for Social Security benefits. Typically, beneficiaries living outside the U.S. are required to provide us with their residential address, as well as their mailing address. Our representatives in the local office can provide better guidance. In your situation, we suggest you scheduled an in-office appointment to apply for your retirement benefits. To make an appointment, call 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

      • Thanks Ray. I spoke with two different local reps today on the phone. The first one guaranteed me they would never have a reason to mail anything to us. I found that odd so I called again and spoke with another who was not well informed at all. She said she thought we’d just go to the MYSocialSecurity site (or whatever it’s called and print a copy of our benefits for the year for tax purposes. Last question on this subject to make sure I’m clear. If we are mailed a 1099 each year can that be mailed to a Thai address (most likely a P.O. Box as it would be more secure).

        Also, today the lady I spoke with said that as long as I keep my address current on MY Social Security I wouldn’t have to worry about receiving anything asking to verify residential and/or overseas mailing addresses. Sounds like you are saying the opposite.

        Thanks again Ray.

  68. I am not an USA citizen: I lived and worked in USA for thirteen years and I got more than 40 credits in my social securit. Actually I am living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Can I create Social Security my account without having a valid mail address in USA?. Thanks and regards.

    • Thank you for your question Sergio. 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. We recommend that individuals living outside the United Sates contact the local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. To learn more about Social Security benefits and non-citizens, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page. We hope this information helps!

  69. Thanks Ray. I spoke with two different local reps today on the phone. The first one guaranteed me they would never have a reason to mail anything to us. I found that odd so I called again and spoke with another who was not well informed at all. She said she thought we’d just go to the MYSocialSecurity site (or whatever it’s called and print a copy of our benefits for the year for tax purposes. Last question on this subject to make sure I’m clear. If we are mailed a 1099 each year can that be mailed to a Thai address (most likely a P.O. Box as it would be more secure).
    Also, today the lady I spoke with said that as long as I keep my address current on MY Social Security I wouldn’t have to worry about receiving anything asking to verify residential and/or overseas mailing addresses. Sounds like you are saying the opposite.
    Thanks again Ray.

    • We apologize for any misunderstanding. Generally, beneficiaries living abroad must provide their residential address as well as a mailing address. Beneficiaries with a personal “my Social Security account” can get a “replacement” SSA-1099 after February of each year. Please NOTE that the “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for creating 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. You will be giving proper instructions at the time you apply for your benefits. If you need further assistance, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local office. Thanks.

  70. Why an American living abroad cannot have access to his account even if he or she does not have an address in the US. When you call for info, you normally have to wait in the queue quite a long time.

    • Hi Roger. 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. We recommend that individuals living outside the United Sates contact the local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this helps.

  71. hi my dad worked in US and a pensioner now. He is non citizen but a greencard holder. Can he take home his pension back here in Philippines? Thank u?

  72. I just wanted to ask how will i continue my payments because im graduating this year at senior high school, and i want to go to college but i know that my payments will stop when i finish my senior high school this 2018. I would like to study college but how can i go to college if we don’t have the payments to pay my tuition. Im from Philippines thanks!

    • Normally, benefits for children stop when children reach age 18, unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, Social Security benefits can continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first. If the child is a U. S. citizen, they may receive Social Security benefits outside the United States as long as they are eligible. At one time, SSA did pay benefits to college students, but the law changed in 1981. We now pay benefits only to students taking courses at grade 12 or below.

  73. Hi, I am a U.S Citizen that has been living and working in Canada for the past 10 years, I pay Canadian Taxes and also send in my U.S. Taxes (that usually come to 0 amount). My Canadian husband and I are planning on retiring in the U.S. I have worked in the U.S. for over 30 years until I married him and moved to Canada. Will I receive full U.S. benefits when I retire? or will they be a lower amount due to getting some benefits from Canada.

  74. I immigrated to Canada from the States when I was 41. I plan to start drawing early Social Security retirement benefits when I turn 62 in two years. I know that to keep my benefits, I can’t work more than 45 hours a month, which is fine. However, I’m self-employed, which means I don’t have an employer issuing pay stubs. What kind of documentation will the Social Security folks want to see to ensure that I’m not working more than 45 hours a month?

    • Thank you for your question Holly. If you’re a U.S. citizen, you may receive your Social Security payments outside the United States as long as you are eligible and you reside in a country where we can send payments. Non (U.S.) citizens must meet certain conditions to receive their payments outside the United States. You can use our Payments Abroad Screening Tool to find out if you can receive your Social Security benefits if you are outside the United States or are planning to go outside the United States. Also, our publication titled “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States” can provide additional information.

  75. I need help, If I am on Social security disability SSDI, and will be going temporarily to New Zealand, can I still receive my benefits as usual in my US bank?

    • Thank you for your question, Najat. You may still be eligible to continue to receive your payments outside the United States. However, all Social Security beneficiaries living outside the U.S. are required to report their change of address, even if we are sending their payments to a bank or other financial institution. Failure to report your new address may result in an overpayment or suspension of benefits. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents for further assistance, or visit your local office.

  76. Hello my husband was fully favorable in June but we are currently living in west Africa and everything was sent to U.K. London payment center in August can you tell me how long do we wait for our funds

    • Hi Cindy. The length of time it takes to begin receiving payments after receiving a favorable decision in a hearing varies. Approved claims are randomly selected for a quality assurance review of the decision. For security reasons, we do not have access to information about your husband’s account in this venue. Keep in mind that all Social Security beneficiaries living outside the U.S. are required to report their change of address. Your husband should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Thanks.

  77. How do I set up for my retirement money to be deposited to a bank in Poland as I will be moving soon. In order to have Medical Insurance Equivalent to Medicare I need the money to be deposited directly there.

  78. Dear Sir/ Madam:
    I am outside US citizen, married a teacher in Taiwan for 14years, and my wife never apply for US PR ( Green card ).
    However , she would like to report tax for me if necessary.
    As I know, I have 26 credits and request that her tax report will meet and remedy the 40 credits for me to obtain Social Security Retirement Benefit.
    Your reply is highly appreciated!
    Best wishes Jack Chang ( 67 years old ) 10/22/2017

    • Thank you for your question, Mr. Chang. You cannot get more credits by using your wife’s earnings or by voluntarily contributing money to Social Security. You can earn credits only by working in a job or your own business that is covered under Social Security. In some cases, work outside the United States may help you qualify for Social Security benefits. We recommend that individuals living outside the United Sates contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance related to Social Security benefits. Thanks.

  79. Hi, my name is John Bercea,in January 2018 I will be 65 years old,right now I’m in Romania and I will like to apply for social security benefits . I tried to find the right form to complete ,still I can not find it.Please help me .I can not afford to go to US to apply for SS benefits.Thank you in advance.

  80. I haved lived out of the USA for the last 25 years in Ireland. I became a citizen when i did live in the states. I have my social security number and would like to see if i could be eligible for any benefits as i did pay taxes when i was in the states. Thank you.

  81. I want to mail with DHL an important document to the
    SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
    DHL needs an actual street address to deliver the letter. Please email me an actual street address
    Thank you for your help
    Johann M. – Mexico

  82. hi, I am trying to create my social security account. I live in Canada, and the application doesnt have the ability to put in a foreign address. Is it possible to create one.

    • We are sorry for the inconvenience, Jim. 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. Please contact your 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.

  83. Hello my name is Curtis Simmons. I live in Germany. I am having trouble with my social security login. I have tried numerous times to create a account. I can not put my full Address in. There are no foreign country’s on this site. How can I create a account to view my files.

    • We are sorry for the inconvenience, Curtis. 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. Please contact your 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. Thanks.

  84. I would like to begin receiving my social security benefits. I received a letter from your office to contact you to begin. the 1 800 number does not work outside of the United States.

  85. Dear Sir Madam , please advise how I can set up a My Social Security account if I live outside the U.S and do not possess an address in the U.S.

    Thank you

    Derry Conran

  86. Hi,

    I lost my SS card and do not know my id number to give a doctor to see.

    Can someone help me get my number. I am out of the country at this time and cannot dial 800 numbers. Can I get a normal phone number?

    Thank you,

  87. I am a U.S. citizen living in Pakistan. I was receiving Social Security payments until recently, but now the payments have been stopped due to a software upgrade at SSA in USA. I have provided the required information to the U.S. Embassy to meet the SSA requirements. When can I expect to start receiving Social Security benefits again?

  88. I am a US citizen living permanently in Australia and receiving social security.
    I wish to advise my address change.
    What is the best way of doing this ?
    Thank you.

    • Thank you for using our blog to contact us, Eric. For security reasons, we do not have access to personal information in this venue. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this helps.

  89. Hi
    I’m 48 years old disabled person who lives in New York State and I have been receiving SSD since 2012. I’m planning to move to Europe before I reach retirement age. Will I continue receiving SSD checks in Europe even though I’m not 62.

  90. request on my Social Security BENEFITS and from2010 past and still on my a case none to processing for and City of chatsworth California office employee said on $ 2,765 and still none responding for. Do I need an attorney to proof on my a right
    I got a Job Injury End of 2009
    on that company name: MEATCO, PROVISION INC,
    IN CA 90058 and on that job injury was a too hard
    please and please soon as you can answer, please
    MAILING ADDRESS:
    5550 Owens mouth Ave,[APP#112 ]
    Woodland Hills California 91367 USA
    TEL / TEXT: 747-204-8682 ID: 2054 please
    Thank you.

    • Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. If you are unable to visit the local office, you 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. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week.
      Just a reminder – Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email. Thanks.

  91. The US Consulate in the Rep of Panama just announced that services to the SSA concerning “Proof Of Life” are no longer available via our Embassy here. They have now referred us the the Costa Rican Consulate. My parents are 87-77 respectively with disabilities. Is there a way to mail in their proof of life to the SSA?

  92. I have been living in Australia for the last 18 years. How do I go about contacting SSA to apply for benefits next year. I am familiar with the Manila office but experience difficulty with their office. Also some of the web sites will not upload to my pc.

  93. How can I register for online social security if I do live in the USA. I retired in live in the Philippines receiving social security. But I cannot register online do to no address in the USA.

    • We are sorry for the inconvenience, Rafael. 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.
      Please contact your 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!

    • Hi Charles, our Retirement Estimator is exactly the calculator you are looking for! It gives you future estimates of your monthly Social Security benefits based on your actual Social Security earnings record.
      In addition, we have a variety of other calculators to help you plan for the future. Which calculator you choose depends on what you want to do.
      We suggest that you create a my Social Security account. With your personal my Social Security account, you can verify your earnings, get your Social Security Statement, and much more. Happy planning!

      • Hi Ray, Thanks for the reply. I should have been clearer. I live in Cambodia, so I cannot create a My Social Security Account. I will be retiring here, so I understand I need to do some things differently (such as going to the US Embassy each month to get my benefits payment). Is there a way I can get the retirement information online, or by email? And do I have to apply in Manila, rather than some place else when I apply for benefits. Thanks for your help!

        • Hi Charles! Although you need a U.S. address to register for a my Social Security account, you do not need a U.S. address to access our website or file online for benefits. For security reasons, we do not do direct messaging in this venue.
          If you need any assistance related to your Social Security benefits, please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.
          We hope this helps.

  94. Hi Ray, that helps clarify things. Thanks so much for the quick and professional response! I appreciate it.

    Charles

  95. My name is Maendra Odhavjee my address wa 26 Dawes Road Belrose NSW 2085 and have change of address details almost year ago and have not received my social security benefits in Commwealth Bank A/C last payment Received was 3 of June 2015 $108 au dollars and according to myCentrelink in Sydney office showing that I am still receiving the us $82 dollars on 3rd of every month I am in proceeds of per entry retiring from 1st of May 2018
    I need your help to what I need to do address problem of receiving my befits
    My social security no is 442900932my my pernatant address is 5/54 Glen Street Belrose NSW2085 Australia my contact email odhavjee@odhavjee.com my Mobil no is +61401252129 or work 61294533308 hoping to hear from you soon thanking you Mahendra Odhavjee

    • Hello Mahendra! For your security, we do not have access to personal information in this venue. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps.
      Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email. Thanks!

  96. I am moving from Italy back to the United States. I will stay with a friend till I relocate to a permanent address. I don’t have a bank account there. How can I receive my Social Security payments. I have Direct Deposit here in Italy until I move & close my account.

    • If you do not receive your payment on your scheduled pay date, we usually advise people to wait three days after the date you normally receive it before calling us. To report a late or missing payment, contact us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Your bank may also be able to tell you why a deposit failed. For future reference, you can create a my Social Security account to change Direct Deposit online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/.

  97. hi, my name is SAFIEH M LUTFI
    my social number is *** – ** – ***
    have not received my check for the month of February yet
    my question is ,why the reason of the delay of the check

  98. I, Vicky T. Zimmerman, claim # *** – ** – *** did not receive my Social Security Benefits for the month of February 2018.
    The reason why the questionnaire was delayed in sending back, because my son has the key to the Post Office mail box. He left to another Island as a missionary and when he came back and opened the Post Office box, there were two questionnaires. I received both on the same day. I answered right away and mailed January 10, 2018.
    I am very sorry for the delay, from the bottom of my heart I apologize.
    I would appreciate it very much if you could expedite the processing. I am 85 years old and this is my only source of income.
    I am an American citizen, have retired, an residing permanently in Dumaguete, Philippines.
    Thank you very much.

    Very truly yours,
    Vicky T. Zimmerman

    • Hi Vicky! Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. 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.

    • Hello Rodolfo! It is important and required that you tell Social Security about your extended traveling or relocation to another country.
      You will need to contact your local Social Security office.
      To make an appointment or to speak with an agent, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. 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.
      Please read “Social Security Benefits for U.S. Citizens Outside the United States” for more information.

  99. Hi, I’m in Australia and my husband got a stroke and I can’t travel back to America because of his medical condition and he is a united States citizens

    • We’re sorry to hear about your husband’s medical situation, Salina. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this helps.

  100. My wife and I are living in the Philippines after I retired over two years ago. We no longer have a US address. How can my wife get an SSA online account without having a US address?

    • Thank you for your question, George. At this time, in order to create a “my Social Security” account, our 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.
      We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps!

  101. My name is Ricardo Ramirez with ss# *** – ** – *** Im a United States citizen retired and living in Colombia (S.A.) I receive my benefits every 3rd of the month however I have not received my benefits because Im blocked, they tell me SS hasn’t received my form when I mailed it out to the pennsylvania office over a month ago PLEASE I NEED HELP because this is my only way of paying my rent and eating. I was born december 18, 1935 my adress in Colombia is (calle 72 cr 52 A-27 3rd floor Barrio Santa Maria, Itagui Antioquia, Colombia tel. 057 372 8049 How can I resolve this problem?

    • We are sorry to hear of this situation, Ricardo. For your security, we do not have access to personal information in this venue. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.
      Just a reminder – Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media channels. Thanks.

  102. I live in Thailand and will turn 65 in March. How can I report this to SSS so that I am not penalized for not signing up for Medicare when I return to the States?

    • Hi Lynn! Generally, individuals receiving Social Security retirement benefits and attaining age 65 are automatically enrolled under Medicare Part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance or SMI) as they become eligible for Part A (Hospital insurance) coverage. However, this automatic enrollment does not apply to people living in Puerto Rico or foreign countries.
      Medicare is not accepted in foreign countries; therefore, Medicare Part B is optional. Beneficiaries may refuse the coverage and if they file a written notification before SMI coverage starts, we always consider this a timely SMI refusal. Timely refusals may not incur premium charges in certain situations. For more information, visit “Signing up for Part B outside the U.S.
      We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps!

  103. Ha, never got the letter and benefits cut off. Thank you Social Security. Bank account running on fumes while waiting for things to happen. BEFORE I left the US, I asked one of your representatives if there was ANYTHING that could impact my benefits (other than working) and the answer was ‘no.’
    Nasty letter sent by Social Security on Jan 26. Got it Feb 23. Not good. Embassy contacted.

  104. I am thinking on selling my house and raising my children in Mexico. But I am on disability. Am I able and how can I receive my benefits in Mexico. The more crippled I get the harder the winters.

  105. is it possible to establish an online account for social security matters if I live outside the U.S? I live in Guanaja, Honduras.

    • Hello Geri! 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.
      Please contact your 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 helps!

  106. I wanted to get more info , how do I go about getting social security and early retirement if I’m planning on moving back to Fiji Islands ??Been in USA for last 18 years and now it’s time to go takecare of my parents.I got my alien card and also married to an American citizen for last 10 years

  107. My S,S. XXX-XX-XXXX NO PAYMENT FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH HAS BEEN MADE I HAVE SEND MY SUPERVIVENCIA FORM VIA eMAIL. HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE FOR WAS ALSO SCANNED AND SEND VIA aIR MAIL. 3 WEEKS AGO MY eMAIL IS nelsonhgo@gmail.com please help me Colombia does not have anything to do with SSa. thanks Nelson

    • Hello Nelson. We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue. Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email.
      We remind you that when living outside the United States, you may contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance with your Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Thanks.

  108. I live in Canada and receive my SS benefit by direct deposit to RBC and want to move it to an US account at the Bank of Montreal. My home address remains the same.
    How can I do this by email or mail?

  109. I am currently living in Canada and plan to move back to the US. I am a US citizen and have a social security number. Do we have to re-register under Homeland Security. There was a memo circulating indicating this.

    Or am I free to move back and live/work with my SSN?

    thanks,

    Jason

  110. When I turn 70 I am eligible for 2,600 a month. I am currently receiving 900 a month from my Arizona State Pension. At 70 years old, will I be able to receive both checks in full?

  111. I have live in australia for 40 years do I have soc sec benefits my name is contress joy, don 11/11/1952 I am 65 years old my email is countressjoy@gmail . Com, please let me know I am I. Australia

    • We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue.
      Generally, you will need to have 40 credits, or at least 10 years of work paying Social Security taxes in the United States, to qualify for any type of Social Security benefit.
      When living abroad, you may contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for information on Social Security programs and benefits. Thanks!

      Just a reminder – Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email.

  112. Dear Social Security Support Team,

    I have been living outside the U.S. for years now, teaching English and French all over, UAE, Egypt, and now Qatar for example, and I noted in the above reading that one should verify if they are “still eligible.” I had worked about 20 years in the states already, with SS being taken out of my checks for years. How is it possible that one can lose their eligibility, if one is American, but no longer living full time in the U.S.? Can you please advise me? Thanks so much, Tamara

  113. I am a us landed immigrant living in ridgetown Ontario Canada.i applied for social security card at American embasy in sept 2017 so I could receive part of my spouse us railroad retirement.Presently still have not received card Could you kindly assist me thankyou

    • Hi Ewalani. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. If you applied for a Social Security card for the first time, it may take longer than usual. On your receipt there should be a local phone number for you to call and speak to someone about the status of your Social Security card or you may have to return to the U.S. Embassy where you filed your application. When you go, take the documents you originally presented as evidence. We hope this helps!

      • Greeting, thanks for replying me.
        first of all, that I am not clear about benefit of SSI, if u help me I will be highly appriciated
        1. I have 3 US national children and we (parents) are not US citizen neithedr have a greencard ….
        we havent pay any tex to US govt. after that.
        IS my children are eligibal for banefits for SSI living out side of US?

        as we are living out side of US ( pakistan), we have limited income as grand parent of children are living with us and only father of children support whole family mumber. my children are going to school and the frees are high and as we are middile class family

        the link which you send me have no information for my country (pakistan)
        regards.

  114. I am a US citizen living overseas. I tried to obtain a “my social Security” and I was not able to do so. Is it possible?

    • Thank you for using our blog to communicate with us. 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. For assistance related to Social Security benefits, please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate. Also, our Office of International Operations provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Keep in mind that even though you need a U.S. address to register for a my Social Security account, you do not need a U.S. address to access our website or to file online for benefits. We hope this helps!

  115. 1 – How often are the questionnaires sent by Social Security to US citizens living abroad?

    2 – Are these questionnaires sent by snail mail? By e-mail?

    3 – What if the country where the US citizen lives has a very poor unreliable postal system?

    • Hi Joseph. Under current law, we are required to periodically verify if individuals living outside the United Sates are still eligible for Social Security benefits.
      Generally, these questionnaires, are mailed once a year. For security reasons, we do not do direct messaging.
      We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Thanks.

  116. I have direct deposit of my social security funds and my husband’s funds into Chase Bank. We reside in Chile and would like to know if it is possible to change banks to a local chilean bank and what is the procedure.

  117. Hello
    I am an American Citizen living in Australia, 71 years of age and receiving my SS benefits. Currently my benefits are paid into an account in America and I am wondering if my payments were made directly to an account in Australia how would that affect me. Would I have to pay taxes on my SS benefits. I am trying to save some money by doing it that way, less withdrawal fees and foreign exchange fees. Can you please advise me on that.
    Thank you

  118. I did not receive the 2017 Social Security Benefits form because I was back in Lima, Peru for 6 months since 2017, I returned to Seaside, CA on April 4, 2018, and I do not know what to do?

  119. Hello
    I live and am a resident in Italy.
    , Can I use online services to apply for Social Security.
    I will be able to receive SS at my 66th birthday this July, 2018.
    What is the best process to register for my SS Benefits?

  120. I am an overseas, non-US Citizen who voluntarily registered as a US Tax payer to jointly file with my spouse who is a US-Citizen. I have been issued with a TIN. At which point, if ever, may I be eligible for Social Security either inside or outside the USA?

    • Thank you for your question, Carin. 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.
      A tax identification number (TIN) is issued by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) to certain non-resident and resident aliens, their spouses, and dependents who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN). TINs are issued regardless of immigration status. TINs are issued for the purpose of federal tax reporting or filing requirements. Not directly associated for Social Security benefits.
      Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, see our Frequently Asked Questions web page titled “Noncitizens“. Thanks!

  121. hi i have applied for social security .i live outside the us and got it all done and it wont go thru because my bank account number only has 9 numbers and it says i need 12 numbers. called the bank and they are not sure what to do. what should i do. thanks ron loftin

  122. I have contributed toward Social Securty when I was working on the US from 2000 to 2005. I was on H1B2 & I not a US citizen. I have moved out of US permanently. I am told thst since I am not a US citizen/ nor a green card holder I am not eligible for retirement benefit through SS. Since US of A collected fpr tye purpose and since O am not eligible to get benefits, will US of A return nack my SS contribution?
    Possible?

  123. My mom lives in Canada & has always received her US pension. She’s been hit by dementia and I’m (her son) desperately having to find out why her payments stopped. Can someone please tell me where to begin. I don’t have any documents to work from. Just her bank statements. Many thanks … Chris Dumper

    • Hi Chris, we’re sorry to hear about your mother’s medical condition. Since it sounds like your mother will be needing help managing her Social Security account, you may be interested in applying to become her Representative Payee. If approved to serve as your mother’s representative payee, it will make it easier for you -in the future- to update her account information and discuss, with us, any issues affecting her Social Security benefits.
      It would be helpful to obtain a statement from her doctor. The statement should say that she is not able -mentally and physically- to take care of herself and that you are the person responsible to keep her finances in order.
      A face to face interview is required for this process. If you have specific questions, or to make an appointment, please 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 you can contact your local Social Security office directly. If in Canada, you can also use the Canadian Service Area Directory to determine which Resident Office is near you.
      We understand how inconvenient this may be for you, but we hope that you understand our role in protecting everyone’s personal information.
      Please read our publication: A Guide For Representative Payees for more details.
      Thanks!

  124. Many, many thanks for your help. My brother and I both already have legal Power of Attorney over my mom’s finances. Should I still get a physician from Blenheim Lodge (the senior home she’s in) to write a letter re her dementia or am I o.k. with the POW. Thanks again for your help. .. Chris

    • Hello Chris. Please note that having a power of attorney, being an authorized representative, or having a joint bank account with the beneficiary, is not the same as being a representative payee. These arrangements do not give you legal authority to negotiate and manage payments for someone receiving Social Security payments. You must apply for and be appointed as a representative payee by SSA. A letter from the doctor will help us expedite your request. We hope this helps.

    • Hi Ray, I ill have the letter from my mother’s doctor Wednesday however we have a problem I went to your list of interviewers for those in BC and all are in the US. As you know, I’m a quadriplegic without a passport. What on earth can i do? Can nothing be arranged in Vancouver? Please help. I’m mobile only half days. Many thanks ..Chris

  125. I’m an australian receiving social security benefits from the US which is paid into my US bank account. I want to arrange to have those payments now paid into an Australian bank account.
    I can not sign into my SS account because I don’t have a US address any longer.
    Please help.

  126. Need help. Went to,local SSA office, called Operational International-Baltimore Office and called (800) SSA telephone call center to no avail. Baltimore office never called me back. My brother lives in Sierra Leone. He has sent in completed form 7162 two times. He has been in contact with the London Operations International Office, but has not yet had benefits reinstated. Seems this is not an aberration but more common than one would anticipate. My brother has appealed to me to help. However, I have not been able to get any assistance. Before I ask my local Congressman’s office for assistance will you help me.

  127. I am a US citizen with residence in Chile. I want to open an account to see my Social Security statements, but a requirement is to have a US address. As indicated, I am currently living in Chile.

    Is there a way to have the account for US Citizens not currentli living in the US?

    I have a son that lives in Puerto Rico. Could I use his address?

  128. This is just an inquiry regarding social security for my retirement. I’m now sixty-four years old. when am I eligible for Social Security Benefits? Please let me know as soon as you can.

  129. YES I AM LIVING OUT OF USA AND I KEEP TRYING TO CALL THE TOLL FREE NUMBERS YOU HAVE BUT THEY KEEP COMING BACK AS NOT LISTED OR WRONG NUMBER . LIKE THIS ONE I TRIED SEVERAL TIMES LAST NIGHT FROM HERE WHICH IS YOUR DAY TIME THEIR.1-800-772-1213 CAN YOU GIVE ME A CALL ANY PHONE NUMBER 063-9171030327 ANYTIME FROM THE TIME YOU OPEN YOUR OFFICES PLEASE HELP ME I NEED TO GET A FORM FILLED OUT THAT CAN’T BE DONE ONLINE OR BY GETTING IT TO COPY TO SEND TO YOU .OR SEND ME A CLAIM FORM THAT I CAN CHANGE MY DEPENDENCY TO MY WIFE HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES.

  130. How do I apply for a new retirement Social Security Benefit in Nigeria? I am a US citizen 62 and moved to Nigeria.

  131. Hi
    Am a mother of two beautiful girls (4-2)years old but living in mauritania and i need a fanacial help for my kids coz i dont have a job and am obligated to stay in here with my parents actualy my oldest daughter is going to be in school next year and as she does’nt have mauritanian nationality she cant go to public school in mauriatania si i was wondering what to do to get a financial help knowing that am a single mom
    Thanks

  132. I have sent a registered letter to the social security offices about a change of address to the bank here in Estonia where they have been sending my direct deposit goes to. My former bank is closing services and I need to switch banks. I have waited for 3 months to see if they have transferred banks, but SS services have not done so. It is impossible to get through via the telephone, Where can I expedite matters. I do not want the bank to not accept the check and through everything into limbo. I need a quick solution.

  133. I am an Australian and used to married to an American man for 7 years and have been working there for 7years as well. I divorced him due to personal issues and have moved back to Australia with my son who was also born in California on February 2008. I currently work in my home country and just wondering, can I withdraw my Social Security contributions since I do not live or work in the USA anymore? I have 3children to my current partner and also my husband here in Australia and the way things are here, I don’t think I will ever move back to California. So does that mean the payment I’ve made to Social Security US will be flushed down the toilet if I can’t somehow withdraw it??

  134. If you left your country due to safety of your life, and came to US as legal immigrant, and now are a US citizen, can SSI cut your benefits because they say you have to get pension from your previous employer from the country you came from? Recently I lost my SSI because I was told to see pension from the country which left. I have been living in US for the past 27 years and never went back to my home country. I’m afraid, if I go back, they will put me to present.

    • The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that provides cash assistance to the elderly (age 65 and older), disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
      Current law requires that individuals receiving SSI benefits, inform us of their eligibility for other benefits or payments and thus apply for such benefits as soon as they become eligible. Failure to apply can result in suspension or termination of their SSI benefits.

    • Hello Carlos, 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.
      We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Federal Benefits Unit in their area.
      If you or a family member are already receiving Social Security benefits and you would like to report a change in status, you may contact us by mail or you can contact Us by Phone. Visit our Office of Earnings & International Operations web page for more information. Thanks!

  135. I am a Canadian who worked in the USA with a social security number. I am fully vested from my last statement so how do I find out if I am eligible for Social security and how I will get per month. I worked in the USA under a T-1 Visa for many years.

  136. My father immigrated to America in 1992 as a residential alien. He worked for 10 years here got sick and went back home. Is he able to collect the social security he paid into . Since now he is 66

  137. I did not receive my social security benefit for Nov 2017. The cheque should have been received in Dec 2017. How should I proceed?
    My name is June Tidey, Social Security No. *** – ** – *** What additional information is required? My address is:
    131 Centre Street,
    Essex, Ontario N8M 1P6
    Thank you for your prompt response.

    • Hello June. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with assistance in this matter. 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!

    • Hi June, based on the information and mailing address you provided, we recommend that you contact the nearest Federal Benefits Unit or U.S. Embassy in your area. Please read our publication “Your Payments While You are Outside the United States” for more important information. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. In your case, you can also use the Canadian Service Area Directory to determine which Resident Office is near you.
      We hope this helps!

  138. i’m looking for a place overseas to retire that I can live on my Social Security Disability . I make $2,049.00 before my insurance is taken out and I clear $1915.00 after. i would like to be on the ocean, however that is not necessary.

    I just want warm weather. Please contact me to where I might be able to go. All I need is a one bedroom effiency with a smaill kitchen and bath, preferabably a seperate bedroom.

    a seperately bedroom or a pull down bed. Thank you very much.

  139. I am retired I receive Social Security, I must send the Form SSA-7162-OCRSM (7-2011) to Social Security, I need to send this form from Mexico, it says that I must send it with two months and it is very short because only 20 days, the Government of Mexico through its postal mail takes 3 months, the companies like FEDEX and others, first that do not deliver to PO BOX in the US. That means I must send it to my son for 50 dollars through DHL and then my son send it to the Social Security office. How do I send “online” or how to send it? Thank you.

  140. If i leave the usa and go to Ecuador with my disability/ compsnsation cor 8 monfhs, am i entiltled to ssn.

  141. Hello ! … My name is Stephen and am 56 years old – and am American but was raised in brazil – I moved to Colorado and worked there for 7 summers (1979-1985) so should have 7 quarters of taxes paid out of the 40 required by law. In 1986 moved back to Brazil and have been here since….I worked here for companies for 8 years and since 1994 started my own business (Events place – weddings, birthdays etc. and since I have my own business here I am paying monthly a sum to the Brazian Social Security for retirement – Is there a way for me to pay my US Social Security taxes in order to get retirement benefits – I know that in Europe and in some other countries there is

  142. My father lives outside the United States and they always send him the letter with the questionnaire to resend it, but the post offices in the country have been in trouble for a long time and the letter does not arrive. Can I send this questionnaire in another way?

  143. Thanks for a great and easy to understand website. God bless all of you from top op’ to the important man with a mop.

  144. Hi, I just received notices (7-12-2018) for myself and my wife (form ssa-7162-ocr-sm . I am collecting Disability payments while living outside the USA . My wife collects spousal benefits from my working(we live together) . I did notify SS that I was moving out of the USA and gave the new address (before I moved) so I can follow the requirements and posted here and in the SSA booklets .
    My issue is the form that was sent, is dated June 1 2018 , And that , it, must be returned within 60 days or My payments (both of our payments ) will stop .
    I will send both forms back tomorrow ( 7-13-2018)the next day) But I doubt it will arrive before the 60 day time line . It took ~ 6 weeks for the SSA letter to reach me . The Mail is very slow in Brazil and I will return these forms using a mail service that is as fast as possible .
    How can a make sure my payments aren’t stopped ? Who should I call ? if anyone .

  145. Hello, I need to speak to someone by telephone regarding receiving my SS benefits. I live in Canada and the 1-800 numbers are not available to me.
    Please contact me at 1-905-771-1168 Home
    Laurel Sommers Goldberg

    • Thank you for using our blog to communicate with us, Laurel. Please use the Canadian Service Area Directory to determine which Resident Office is near you http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign/canada.htm.
      Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. 
      We hope this helps!

  146. I have regular social security. I want to retire permanently to India. Will India tax my social security please? Thanks

    • Hi Thomas, thanks for your question. We cannot answer your question regarding India’s taxation policies. However, if you do move, you are required to report your change of address to Social Security, even if we are sending your payments to a bank or other financial institution.

      Our publication, “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States”, explains how being outside the United States may affect your Social Security payments.
      If you are a U.S. citizen, you may continue to receive payments outside the United States as long as you are eligible for payment and you are in a country where we can send payments. If you aren’t a U.S. citizen, you must meet one of the conditions for payment described in this publication.
      You may use our Payments Abroad Screening Tool to see if your benefits will continue indefinitely, stop after six consecutive months or if certain country specific restrictions apply.

      We also recommend that individuals planning to leave the United States visit our Office of International Operations home page, which provides additional information for our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps!

    • Hello Izumi. Our publication, “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States”, explains how being outside the United States may affect your Social Security payments.
      If you are a U.S. citizen, you may continue to receive payments outside the United States as long as you are eligible for payment and you are in a country where we can send payments.
      You may use our Payments Abroad Screening Tool to see if your benefits will continue or if specific restrictions apply in certain countries.
      We also recommend that individuals planning to leave the United States visit our Office of International Operations home page, which provides additional information for our customers living abroad.
      A reminder, if you do move, you are required to report your change of address to Social Security, even if we are sending your payments to a bank or other financial institution. We hope this information helps!

  147. what day in August will direct deposit
    be received in living in Philippines since
    the 5th falls on a Sunday?

  148. Am having difficulty understanding what I can do for when I retire and move to Pakistan with my husband. I’ve got the time in, but am 2 years away from 62. Is there a link? Phone number?

  149. If you going to Kingston Jamaica for family as hell and needs me and I have to be there for a couple months so it’s could I still get my Social Security if I let your people know

  150. I recently married a Thai citizen this year. She does not have a SSN and I do not think she will be able to get one. She is a school teacher with a valid visa to this country however, when I ask about getting her a SSN number there appears to be a number of barriers which I do not understand. I am retired military and I had tried to get her a ID card so that when she visit America she would be able to use my Tricare if there issues with her health.
    I am inquiring about my Social Security and would she be able to receive it once I expire (which I have no plan on doing soon). What do I need to do in order for her to receive my Social Security once I expire. Can you please direct me to someone or web site that can help me.
    Thank You
    Robert Boyd

    • First of all, thank you for your service, Robert. Generally, individuals must be married for one year before they can get spouse’s benefits. An applicant for surviving spouse benefits must meet a 9 months duration-of-marriage requirement.
      Also, we issue three types of Social Security cards. We issue a “NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT” card when a person is lawfully admitted to the United States without work authorization, but have a valid non-work reason for needing a Social Security number or need a number because of a federal law requiring a Social Security number to get a benefit or service.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local Social Security office directly.
      We hope this information helps!

  151. Dear Sir/Madam
    I need to know if you have received my ssa form 7162.
    I sent it on July 28, 2018, and the USPS prensently indicates that the form is in transit to the Wilkes, Pennsylvania office. I just need to let you know that I sent it within the (60) day time period.
    Thanking you in advance for any assistance in this matter.

    • Hello Lorenzo. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot provide you with an answer at this time.
      You may want to give it some more time, and then call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for a follow up. 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!

  152. Dear Sir/Madam
    I would appreciate it if you could give me another telephone number. The fact is I can’t use the 1-800 number from Mexico..

  153. I am a US citizen currently living in Australia. In order to create my Social Security account, which mailing address should I use?
    Thank you,

    • Hello Marina, 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.
      We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefits Unit or U.S. Embassy in their area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Thanks!

  154. i am an american citizen, but i am now living in the philippines. i want to apply for ss disability. do i need to file a different type of application for overseas applicants? thanks

    • The application process is the same, Eric. However, we recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefit Unit or U.S. Embassy in their area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.
      Social Security disability benefits are paid to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or, end in death. Please keep in mind that in order to be eligible for disability benefits, you had to have worked and paid into the Social Security program, and earned at least 20 quarters of coverage (credits) in the last 10 years. To learn more about insured status requirements, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/ProgData/insured.html.
      We hope this information helps!

      Thanks.

      • thank you. Can i ask about work credits. 5 years ago my doctor in the USA, reported that I was unable to work due to medical conditions. I was fired any way, but an Administrative Law Judge ruled on my behalf that due to medical conditions, I should have not been fired for not being able to work. I have not been able to work since then, 5 years ago. do my work credits start 5 years ago and back 10 years? Instead of starting now, and back 10 years? I have not been able to work for the last 5 years. Thank you for any help on this. I did not know that I should have filed for disability 5 years ago. Much appreciated. Thanks

        • Hello Eric. In addition to meeting our definition for disability, a person must -also- have “Insured Status” to qualify for disability benefits.
          Individuals must have worked long enough–and recently enough–under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI). You must have earned the required number of work credits within a certain period ending with the time you became disabled.
          You will have to speak to a Social Security representative for further assistance. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or visit your local office directly. Thanks!

          • Thank you. i worked full time for 30+ years before becoming disabled, as per my USA doctor. Many work credits. QUESTION: who decides “when: I became “disabled” for work? my doctor said i could not work 5 years ago. i have not worked for the last 5 years. an Administrative Law Judge, ruled for me , that I was wrongfully fired 5 years ago because I could not work. starting 5 years ago, i have plenty of work credits. starting now, I do not have enough work credits. when does the “clock” start on my work credits? thanks for help on this.

  155. Dear Sir/Madam:
    I sent back SSA Form 7162 (Proof of Life) via registered mail on June 20, 2018 and was expecting it to be delivered in 3 weeks from the Philippines like last year’s. Unfortunately, USPS must have mishandled the mail and I just found out after numerous calls to them (thru tacking system) that it was only delivered on August 17, 2018. My question now is whether that would still fall within the 60-day time limit for sending back the form to your SSA office in Wilkes Barre, PA. Thank you for your prompt response and attention.

  156. My friend died while living overseas. How do her children cancel the benefits being paid in her overseas account. Her name is Karen Hunziker soc sec # XXX-XX-XXXX… she’d died 8/16/18 in Thalwil Switzerland

    • We’re sorry for your loss, Portia. We should be notified as soon as possible when a person dies. However, you cannot report a death or apply for survivors benefits online.
      Please keep in mind that if the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, payments received for the month of death and any later months, must be returned.
      We ask that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefits Unit or U.S. Embassy in their area. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Thanks.

  157. I’m extremely pleased to find this page. I wanted to thank you for ones time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely really liked every little bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to see new stuff on your web site.|

  158. In the near future, I may decide to end my account with
    Santander Consumer Bank in Germany. I have had Soc.
    Security payments going to said bank and they have shown direct and indirect unethical ways to block my attempted communications. Are details of interest to Soc. Security in terms of a German bank not giving proper service to US citizen?

  159. Can the 7162 form be completed online instead of by mail? I live in Mindanao Philippines and the mail system here is very slow , example i get my ss form 7162 every year and on the back the postal service stamps the date mailed, example June 8 2018 and I received it this time September 2, 2018. this happens every year , I am afraid it will not get to you in time , please advise…

  160. I receive pension from the SS in other country, not on the 26 on the list. I want to retire next year at 66 and plan to claim my benefits at 70, do I have to report the SS here if my annual pension is less than 15K a year?

    • Hello Fabio. In general, for purposes of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), a foreign pension based on employment not covered by U.S. Social Security is treated the same as any other pension based on non-covered employment.
      For specifics in your situation, you will have to speak to a Social Security representative at your local office or you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213.
      Representatives at our toll free number are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

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