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Social Security

The Consulate does not process claims for Social Security but can assist you with forms and other information.

The Social Security Office at the American Embassy in Manila, Philippines, provides direct services to Social Security beneficiaries living in India.

For more detailed assistance, please contact the Social Security Administration directly using one of the methods listed below.

General Enquiries:
05-632-301-2000, ext.: 5 then ext.: 2
Mondays to Fridays 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Indian Standard Time (08:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Manila Time)

Fax: 05-632-522-1514


Mail: Social Security Division
         U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office
         American Embassy
         1131 Roxas Boulevard
         Ermita 0930 Manila

Benefit Checks

The Consulate distributes Social Security and other Federal Benefit checks to eligible recipients living in India. We usually receive the checks from the Department of Treasury between the 10th and 15th of each month. Although Social Security checks are typically distributed to beneficiaries by mail, you can request to pick up your check by hand.

If you have not received or lost a Social Security check, please inform the American Citizen Services Unit of the Consular Section. We will work with the Department of Treasury to track down the check. E-mail us at or call (0)44-2857-4000. (When dialing from the U.S. remember to dial 011-91-44-2857-4000.)

To ensure that you receive your benefits as soon as possible, we encourage you to consider signing up for Direct Deposit of your benefits into  a U.S. bank account.  It is currently not possible to directly deposit your benefits into an Indian bank account.

Other Benefit Information

For additional information on Federal Benefits overseas, please visit 

For Department of Labor benefits, please visit 

For Railroad benefits, please visit

For other Federal Employee benefits, please visit