Social Security

  • Assistance in filing claims for retirement, survivor and disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other Federal Affairs and other Federal Benefits Agencies
  • Applying for social security number
  • Reporting of change of address
  • Reporting the death of a beneficiary
  • Reporting a lost or delayed check

You can apply for Social Security retirement, spouse, Medicare only or disability on the internet at https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/rib.  It is secure, fast and easy.  Once you submit the application online, print the receipt, and wait.  SSA will contact you in about 6-8 weeks to review your claim and to request needed documents, if needed.

The online hours of operation are:

  •     Weekdays 5 AM – 1 AM Eastern Time (ET)
  •     Saturday 5 AM – 11 PM ET
  •     Sunday 8 AM – 11:30 PM ET
  •     Holidays 5 AM – 1 AM ET

How do I apply for an original Social Security card at the Embassy?

You may schedule an appointment to apply for a Social Security card.  It takes about 5-6 months to be assigned a SSN and receive an original Social Security card when you apply overseas. You may apply for an original SSN at the Embassy, only if you are a U.S. citizen. If you hold an immigrant visa or a non-immigrant visa that allows you to work in the U.S., you need to apply at a SSA office in the U.S.

Please fill out an SS-5-FS (PDF 206 KB). Please see the necessary documents for SS-5-FS. (PDF 206 KB)

How do I apply for a replacement Social Security card at the Embassy?

You can replace your Social Security card for free if it is lost or stolen. However, you may not need to get a replacement card. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. You are limited to three replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime.

You may apply for a replacement card at the Embassy, only if you are a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident. You will need to schedule an appointment to apply for the replacement card.  It takes about 3-4 months to receive get a replacement card when you apply overseas. Please fill out an SS-5-FS (PDF 206 KB), and see the necessary documents for SS-5-FS. (PDF 206 KB)

If you were assigned a SSN when you were in the U.S. on a work visa but you never received the Social Security card or it was lost/stolen and you need the SSN for tax purposes, you need to file an application for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) when you file your taxes with IRS. You may find more information here.

If you have any questions, you may contact us at ACS_Sofia@state.gov.

If you are receiving Social Security benefits, you must report the following events to the Social Security Administration:

  •     Change of address
  •     Work outside the United States
  •     Return to work of disabled person or improvement of  disability
  •     Marriage
  •     Divorce or annulment of marriage
  •     Adoption of a child
  •     Child leaves the care of husband, wife, widow or widower
  •     Child is nearing 18 years of age, is a full time student, or is disabled
  •     Death
  •     Inability to manage funds
  •     Deportation or removal from the U.S.
  •     Changes in parental circumstances
  •     Eligibility for a pension from work not covered by Social Security

Even if your payments are being sent to a bank, you must report any change in your home address.

Individuals who do not keep their mailing address current may run the risk of having their benefits suspended.

You may contact the Regional Federal Benefits office in Athens directly.

Email: FBU.Athens@ssa.gov

Tel.: 0030-210-720-2426 (Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri 08:30 to 12:00, except for Greek and American Holidays and the last Wednesday of the month)

Fax: 0030-210-729-0509

Website: http://athens.usembassy.gov/fbu_web2.html

Address:  U.S. Embassy -FBU
91 Vas Sofias Ave
101 60 Athens Greece

You can contact the American Citizen Services unit of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria by e-mail to acs_sofia@state.gov or tel. +359 (2) 937 5100 /from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (M-F)/.

You will need to provide your full name and claim number when you contact us.


FAQ - Federal Benefits

Follow the link to request the Form SSA-1099/1042S . You will receive the 1099/1042S by mail at the address you have registered with the Social Security Administration.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This service is available during the following hours:

Monday through Friday: 12 noon to 8 the next morning (5am EST)
Saturday: 12 noon to 6 the next morning
Sunday: 12 noon to 5 the next morning
Holidays: 12 noon to 6 the next morning

For more information about Medicare visit the Website: www.medicare.gov or http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/medicare.htm or www.socialsecurity.gov .

To terminate Medicare Part B, please mail a signed statement with requesting to terminate Medicare Part B, include your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, Sign, date the statement and mail to Federal Benefits Unit, American Embassy, Vas Sofias 91, 10160 Athens.  Medicare Part B will be terminated effective with the month after the month we receive your signed statement.

If you previously terminated Medicare Part B and now wish to enroll, please visit www.medicare.gov for the enrollment months available to you. Generally you can enroll in Medicare Part B, from January to March of each year and Medicare Part B would begin July 1st of that year.  You can request a form HDFA-40B by sending a request on Contact Us.

If you have not applied for Social Security payments but want to apply for Medicare only, we encourage you to file online for Social Security retirement, spouse, Medicare Only, or disability on the internet at www.socialsecurity.gov or by clicking on https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/rib.

It is secure, fast and easy.  Once you submit the application online, print the receipt, and wait.  We will contact you in about 6-8 weeks to review your claim, to take applications for other eligible family members, and to request needed documents.

The online hours of operation are:

  • Monday to Saturday:  12 noon (5am EST)
  • Sunday:  3 PM (8am EST)

Information for representative payees and their obligations can be found at www.ssa.gov/payee.

For faster service, send this information on Contact Us.

Obtain your Social Security Statement online at http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ if you have a US, APO, DPO, or FPO address.  The My Social Security system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for establishing an account.  The system does not support foreign addresses.

If you are unable to establish an online account, you can receive the Social Security Statement by completing Form SSA-7004 at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/SSA-7004.pdf. (PDF 667 KB) The completed form must be mailed to:

Social Security Administration
Wilkes Barre Data Operations Center
P.O. Box 7004
Wilkes Barre, PA 18767-7004

Please allow up to four months to receive a response to the written request for a Social Security Statement.

Visit the following site: Estimate your future benefits (planning calculators)

Use http://www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator/

The online hours of operation are:

  • Monday to Saturday:  12 noon (5am EST)
  • Sunday:  3 PM (8am EST)

Visit www.socialsecurity.gov

If you are unable to find your answer, for faster service, send an inquiry on Contact Us, select OTHER REASON, and ask your question in the REMARKS.

The Federal Benefits Unit handles Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) survivor claims, educational benefits, compensation and pension examinations, etc.

The Department of Veteran Affairs website offers the Federal Benefits Manual for Veterans and Dependents (2008), details of benefits available, and downloadable benefits forms.

Veterans Affairs Administration

1000 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Fax: +1-412-395-6057
Contact Veterans Affairs

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The Office of Personnel Management website offers information for federal employee benefits such as retirement programs, thrift plans, and health insurance.

OPM Mail Management Center
P.O. Box 45
Boyers, PA 16017-0045
Telephone: +1- 724-794-2005
Fax: +1-724-794-1112
Email: retire@opm.gov

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