413.When are child's insurance benefit NOT payable?

The child's insurance benefit may not be payable for some months if any of the conditions below are met:

  1. The child works and earns more than the yearly exempt amount (see 1803);

  2. The child works outside the U.S. for more than 45 hours in a month (see 1823);

  3. The child is an alien who is outside the U.S. for more than six full calendar months in a row and does not meet an exception to the alien non-payment provision or does not meet the additional U.S. residency requirements for dependents and survivors (see 1843-1846). For information on payments while outside the U.S., see “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States” at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html and the Payments Abroad Screening Tool at www.ssa.gov/international/payments_outsideUS.html

  4. The child is in a U.S. Treasury restricted country where we cannot send U.S. government payments (see 1847-1849). For information on payments while outside the U.S., see “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States” at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html;

  5. The child is in an SSA restricted country and does not meet an exception (see 1847-1849). For more information on payments while outside the U.S., see “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States” at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html;

  6. The insured parent had been deported, and the child is an alien who is outside the U.S. For information on payments while outside the U.S., see http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html;

  7. The disabled child, age 18 or over, refuses to accept vocational rehabilitation services without good cause;

    NOTE: The child's insurance benefit may be payable for all months while the disabled child is still under age 19, if a full-time student, as defined in 344.

  8. The disabled child, age 18 or over, is married to a retirement insurance beneficiary whose benefit is not payable because of work activity;

  9. The disabled child, age 18 or over, is married to a disability insurance beneficiary whose benefit is not payable because of refusal to accept vocational rehabilitation services without good cause;

  10. The child is confined within the U.S. in a jail, prison, or other penal institution or correctional facility for conviction of a felony;

    NOTE: The benefit may still be payable if the child is participating in a rehabilitation program that has been specifically approved for the child by a court of law. It must be expected that the child will be able to engage in substantial work upon release within a reasonable time.

  11. The child does not have a Social Security Number, and the child or his or her parent, guardian, or person acting on the child's behalf refuses to apply for one; or

  12. The child is in the United States and is neither a U.S. citizen nor an alien lawfully present.

The conditions regarding nonpayment of benefits are discussed in more detail in Chapter 18.

Last Revised: Apr. 12, 2010