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Can I receive my Social Security checks if I live abroad in a foreign country, outside the United States?


Social Security will send checks to retirees in most foreign countries, with certain exceptions, such as Cuba and North Korea. Once you leave those places for an unrestricted country, Social Security will send you checks that were withheld. In addition, Social Security generally does not send checks to Cambodia, Vietnam and certain areas of the former Soviet Union. It will make exceptions in some cases if you agree to such conditions as visiting the U.S. embassy in those countries to pick up your benefits. Generally speaking, U.S. citizens can receive benefits abroad as long as they're eligible. The rules for beneficiaries who are foreign citizens are different, and complex. In some cases, payments will be cut off if the person remains outside the United States for more than six months. For more information, read "Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States."


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