International Programs

International Agreements

General Overview

How the bilateral agreements program helps people who work in the U.S. and abroad.

Description and Text of Each Agreement

Go to Agreement Descriptions for links to online versions of our pamphlets describing each of the 30 U.S. agreements, as well as the complete text of each agreement.

Certificates of Coverage

Employers should go to Certificates of Coverage to learn how to request the documentation needed to avoid Social Security taxes in a foreign country under an agreement.

Information for Employees of Foreign Governments

Employees of foreign Governments should go to EN-05-10566 to understand their coverage by Social Security.

Status Table

Go to Status Table to find a table showing the signing date, effective date and legal citation for all agreements in force and the status of pending agreements.

More Information

After browsing our Web site, if you have questions about international Social Security agreements, call the Social Security Administration's Office of Data Exchange, Policy Publications, and International Negotiations (ODEPPIN). For questions on the coverage rules of the agreements, call (410) 965-7306. If you wish to inquire about benefits or an individual benefit claim, contact the Office of Earnings and International Operations.