My Social Security benefits – money and medical benefits – have been suspended. Medical benefits – not usable in Costa Rica. Money does come in handy.
Thank you for contacting the Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Embassy.
Your benefits have been suspended because we did not timely receive the attached Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire. In order to reinstate the benefits please complete the attached form. Please make sure to include your social security number on the form, sign and date the form. You should email a scanned pdf copy of the completed form to [email protected] to have your benefits reinstated. We will reinstate your benefits within 5 to 10 business days.
Please mail the original completed and signed form to:
Social Security Administration
Wilkes Barre Data Operations Center
Attention: FEQ Analyst, FEQ Forms 7161-7162
1150 E. Mountain Dr.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702-7997
For general information, the Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire is mailed to the beneficiaries or representative payee in May/June of each year. Beneficiaries with social security numbers ending 00-49 must submit their enforcement questionnaire in even numbered years. Beneficiaries with social security numbers ending in 50-99 must submit their enforcement questionnaire in odd numbered years. Beneficiaries with a representative payee and 90 years or older must complete the form annually.
FBU, San Jose Region
What you need to know about receiving benefits outside of the United States: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf
UPDATE: matter resolved and benefits deposited 2/10/2017. Also done via email to Federal Benefits Unit at the embassy.