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Social Security International Operations
|Welcome to SSA's Office of International Operations (OIO) home page. The purpose of this web page is to assist Social Security customers who
are outside the U.S. or planning to leave the U.S.
OIO is responsible for administering the Social Security program outside the U.S. and for the implementation of the benefit provisions of international agreements. Since SSA has no offices outside the U.S., OIO is assisted by the Department of State's embassies and consulates throughout the world. In the Philippines, the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO) in Manila assists.
Foreign Countries Serviced by Social Security Field Offices
|If you are in Canada, British Virgin Islands or Samoa, you may obtain services from an SSA Field Office (FO). Click on the country name below for information about the FO to contact.
Foreign Countries Serviced by American Embassies and Consulates
In countries where there are a relatively large number of Social Security customers, American embassies and consulates (and VARO in Manila) have personnel who have been specially trained to provide a full range of services, including the taking of applications for benefits.
If you are in one of the following countries and require service, click on the appropriate country name for information about the office to contact.
If you are in any other country, you may write to us at:
Social Security Administration
|You may view the Social Security Administration's Website for answers to many of the questions you may have concerning international issues.
Contact Us by Phone
|You may also contact us by phone if you speak English. You can call our office using the telephone numbers provided. 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. If you call, please do so during normal business hours for the Eastern U.S. We have provided a directory of phone numbers to reach us.
On-line Services and Forms
Some common on-line services and forms for foreign applicants and beneficiaries:
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Last reviewed or modified Wednesday Aug 27, 2008