If you are an alien and you live outside the U.S. (as defined in §1824) for six full calendar months in a row, you may not receive monthly benefits effective with the seventh month, unless you meet one of the exceptions listed in §1845. This rule applies if you are a retirement and disability insurance beneficiary. It also applies to those entitled to benefits on your earnings record. For information on payments while you are outside the U.S., see http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html and the Payments Abroad Screening Tool at http://www.ba.ssa.gov/international/payments_outsideUS.html.
Each beneficiary is treated individually. The suspension of one beneficiary's payments does not cause suspension of payments to any other beneficiary.
No lump-sum death payment is paid on the record of a worker who dies outside the U.S. if a monthly benefit was not (or would not have been) payable for the month before the month of death because of the worker's absence from the U.S.
To be entitled to special age 72 payments, an alien must have:
Been legally admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.; and
Resided in the U.S. continuously for five years.
Last Revised: Feb. 3, 2009