Foreign Enforcement Questionnaires
If you have not received your monthly Social Security payments since February, your benefits have probably been suspended. This is because we did not receive the annual questionnaire form that was mailed to you.
To reinstate your benefit payments, you will need to print and complete one of the forms listed below:
- If you are a Social Security beneficiary, please complete Form SSA-7162
- If you are the Representative Payee for a beneficiary, please complete Form SSA-7161
When completing the form, please ensure that you include your complete name, address, contact number, and SSN. Be sure to sign the form. Once signed, mail the completed form to:
Social Security Administration – FBU
Federal Benefits Unit
Once we receive the completed form, we will take action to reinstate benefits.
Any past due payments will be directly deposited into your bank account, usually within ten (10) to fifteen (15) business days.
Please do not email the questionnaire as it contains your Social Security number and we cannot guarantee email privacy.
Social Security Online Services
Until now, you needed a U.S. mailing address to access Social Security’s free mySocialSecurity account and use their online services. Now, many people without a U.S. mailing address can create a personal mySocialSecurity account and use the online services with an ID.me credential.
If you don’t already have an ID.me credential:
- Go to ssa.gov/myaccount.
- On the mySocialSecurity page, select the “Create an Account” button and then select “Sign in with ID.me.”
- Select the “Create an ID.me account” link and follow the instructions.
- On ID.me’s “Verify Your Identity” screen, select the “I don’t live in the United States” link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to complete the registration process.
- Once you create your credential, you will be returned to the mySocialSecurity webpage for next steps.
If you already have an ID.me credential, select “Sign In” from the mySocialSecurity page and then sign in to ID.me. You will be redirected to your mySocialSecurity account.
Note: if you had a mySocialSecurity account prior to moving overseas, you will need to create an ID.me credential to use it from an international address.
Once you have created your personal mySocialSecurity account, you will be able to:
- Check your earnings.
- Get your benefit estimates.
- Check the status of your application or appeal.
- View, print, or save a benefit verification letter (Social Security is unable to mail to a foreign address).
Note: If you need a benefit verification letter in Spanish, write an email to FBU.Madrid@ssa.gov, indicating your full name, date of birth and the last four digits of your U.S. Social Security number.
- Change Special Notice Options (SNO Notices).
- Access some representative payee services.
- View, print, or save a replacement SSA-1099/1042S tax statement (Social Security is unable to mail replacement statements to a foreign address).
- Access online notices.
- Request a replacement Medicare Card.
Some services are not available outside of the United States:
- Changing your address.
- Changing your direct deposit.
- Requesting a replacement Social Security card.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Social Security Numbers (Related: Proof of Residence Outside The United States)
- Reporting a Death
- Reporting a Change of Address
- Starting or Changing a Direct Deposit
- Filing for Benefits or Medicare
- Social Security Statements
- Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire (Forms SSA-7161 or SSA-7162) and Foreign Enforcement Suspensions