Service Around the World

Welcome to SSA’s Office of Earnings & International Operations (OEIO) home page. The purpose of this site is to assist Social Security customers who are outside the U.S. or planning to leave the U.S.

OEIO 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., OEIO is assisted by the Department of State's embassies and consulates throughout the world.

Foreign Countries Served by Social Security Administration

If you live outside of the United States, there are a number of Social Security Field Offices and American embassies and consulates who have specially trained personnel to assist you in seeking Social Security services. You can access information to contact our Social Security and consular staff by locating your country in the link below: 

Country and Region Office Contact Information

Notice Regarding Forms SSA-7161 and SSA-7162

The postal service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have resolved in the majority of countries. The Social Security Administration will resume mailing the forms SSA-7161 and SSA-7162 in late June 2022. Forms will be mailed according to the schedule that was in effect prior to the pandemic (i.e. if you were expecting a form in 2020, you will receive it in 2022; 2021 in 2023). Please complete and return the forms promptly to avoid suspension of benefits.

Contact Us by Mail

If you are not receiving benefits and would like to inquire about benefits eligibility, you may contact your servicing Field Office or Federal Benefits unit or the following contact address (please be sure to include your Social Security Number):

    Social Security Administration
    Office of Earnings & International Operations
    P.O. Box 17775
    Baltimore, Maryland  21235-7775

If you or any family member are already receiving Social Security benefits and you would like to report a change in status, such as, a death, marriage or divorce, you may use the following contact address (please be sure to include your Social Security Number):

    Social Security Administration
    Office of Earnings & International Operations
    P.O. Box 17769
    Baltimore, Maryland  21235-7769

Contact Us by Phone

You may also contact us by phone if you speak English.  You can call our office 410-965-0160.  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 between 9:00am and 4:00pm Eastern U.S time. 

Contact Us by Fax

You may send letters to us by fax at 877-385-0645.

Contact Us Electronically

Click here to send us a message. Please include your Name, Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY), full telephone number, and your reason for contacting us. 
Note: Sending multiple messages may cause delays in viewing your message.

Online Services

You Can Apply Online For:

Other Services:

Forms for Foreign Applicants and Beneficiaries

You can use the following links to access forms for Foreign Applicants and Beneficiaries.

Note:  To read and print these forms, you will need the Adobe Reader software (version 5.0 or higher is recommended).  If you do not have this free software, please visit the Adobe web site.

Other Information

Since Internet Email is not a secure medium for transmitting private information, we do not use it to discuss confidential matters such as information about claims or Social Security numbers.

If you are planning to leave the U.S., you should read our publication, your payments while you are outside The United States, Publication No. 05-10137 (English, & Spanish PDF).

Look here for more information on your responsibilities if you are a beneficiary leaving the US.

SSA's Office of Data Exchange, Policy Publications,  and International Negotiations (ODEPPIN) offers information on International Social Security ("Totalization") Agreements and other international aspects of the Social Security program.

More Information

  • You may view the Social Security Administration's Website for answers to many of the questions you may have concerning international issues.
  • Interagency FAQ's re: SSNs, Expatriation, Tax Implications  FAQ