[BS/RBS list] IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM U.S. EMBASSY- Social Security services

ephraim g usembassyinbeitshemesh at gmail.com
Mon Oct 2 02:23:57 EDT 2017

Good morning

Please see the important message below regarding applying for social
security and more.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas
operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA
services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  *Effective
this Sunday (October 1, 2017)*, individuals residing in Israel who require
social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact
the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located at the U.S. Consulate General
in Jerusalem, rather than the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv or the U.S. Consular
Agency in Haifa.

*Among the most common Social Security services that the Embassy and the
Consular Agency can no longer provide is the acceptance of the SS-5
(Application for a Social Security Card) associated with Consular Report of
Birth Abroad applications; applicants will need to submit those directly to
the Federal Benefits Unit in Jerusalem.  Individuals of any age seeking to
apply for a first-time or replacement Social Security card will also need
to submit their applications directly to the Federal Benefits Unit in

Please, be advised that as of this Sunday (October 1, 2017) the U.S.
Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consular Agency in Haifa can *no
longer* accept
telephone calls, emails, or walk-in consultations regarding Social Security
issues, *including inquiries from individuals seeking to determine whether
they have ever been issued a Social Security number*.

For more information or any questions about the services provided at the
Federal benefits Unit in Jerusalem and how to contact them, please visit
their webpage at: https://jru.usconsulate.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-
security/. You can also reach them at FBU.Jerusalem at ssa.gov.

For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s
webpage, “Service Around the World <https://www.ssa.gov/foreign/>.”

If you are already receiving SSA benefits payments, there will be no change
in the method of distribution of those payments.

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