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Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire
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May 11, 2022

Each year some beneficiaries are required to complete the Form SSA-7161 or SSA-7162. The form is sent with a return envelope to the SSA facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the form is to ensure SSA has the correct address and phone number on file and that circumstances that may affect payment have been reported.

The forms are mailed in May each year. A follow up notice is sent in October and December if the completed questionnaire has not been received. Failure to provide the required completed questionnaire will result in suspension of benefits effective the payment due on February 3.

Important Information for February 3 Benefit Payments

If your Social Security benefit is not in your bank account on February 3rd, or your check is not received by February 8th, your benefit may be suspended for failure to complete and return the Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire form SSA-7162 or SSA-7161.

Contact the Federal Benefits Unit immediately by email (fbu.madrid@ssa.gov) for assistance in completing the form, and resumption of your benefits.