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    Just so you know.... (Social Security information)

    The following information comes to us from the Federal Benefits Unit London but pertains to beneficiaries in a number of countries without and outside of Europe:

    If you have questions about Social Security – applications, benefits, etc. and live in the Benelux area, you must as of 1 October 2017, contact Dublin (Ireland) for these services. The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in London provides assistance for those living in the UK and several African countries. See below for SS information in other countries.

    The London Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) provides services for the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Personnel Management, Railroad Retirement Board, Medicare, and Department of Labor.   The largest program is the Social Security Administration.

    The FBU London provides assistance to over 44,000 beneficiaries throughout the UK, and the following countries in Africa: Botswana, Ghana, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    If you reside in the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg, direct your inquiry to the Federal Benefits Unit in Dublin, Ireland.

    If you reside in a country that is not listed above, please direct your inquiry to your local U.S Embassy or Consulate’s website to locate your nearest Federal Benefits Unit.

    The Federal Benefits Unit is unable to answer inquiries related to visas, passports, IRS, Selective Service Registration, voting or other non-federal benefit issues.   Please see the Embassy Sections and Agencies for assistance in contacting the correct department.


    You may contact the Federal Benefits Unit London in a variety of ways but the most efficient way is by using the online form.

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