CHILDREN OF MILITARY PERSONNEL

Most people who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and leave the U.S. for 30 days or more are no longer eligible for SSI. However, there is a special rule for the children of military personnel. A child may continue to get SSI benefits or apply for benefits while overseas if the child:

    small blue and black arrow is a citizen of the U.S.; and
    small blue and black arrowis living with a parent who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces assigned to permanent duty ashore anywhere outside the United States.
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HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?

If your child is receiving SSI benefits and you receive military orders to move overseas, contact your local Social Security office or call 1–800–772–1213 before you leave the United States. You must be able to tell us:

    small blue and black arrowwhen you expect to report to your duty station overseas;
    small blue and black arrowwhen you expect your child to join you;
    small blue and black arrowyour mailing address at your new duty station; and
    small blue and black arrow any information you have about military allowances (for example, housing allowances, rations allowances, etc.) at your new duty station.

If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces who is already stationed overseas and think your child may be eligible for SSI benefits, contact the U.S. Embassy, the nearest U.S. Consular Office, or write to:

Social Security Administration
Attn: SSI Military Children Overseas Coordinator
1 Frederick Street, Suite 100
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

When you contact us, be sure to give us your current address, telephone number, and your child's name and Social Security Number.

WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHILDREN RECEIVING SSI OVERSEAS?

You should report any change in income, resources, or address for a parent or child in the household to us within 10 days after the end of the month in which it occurs. Also, remember to report:

    small blue and black arrowif your child who receives SSI moves;
    small blue and black arrowif other people move into or out of your home; or
    small blue and black arrowif you leave the Armed Forces and remain overseas.

THIS INFORMATION IS GENERAL.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 1–800–772–1213 (TTY 1–800–325–0778),
VISIT OUR WEBSITE (www.socialsecurity.gov) ON THE INTERNET,
OR CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE.