Report Changes

Reporting Changes and Requesting Other Post-Entitlement Actions

How to report a change in status to the Social Security Administration

If you have moved from the U.S. to a foreign country please complete the form SSA-21 (PDF 755KB) and send it to us.

If you changed your address within your country of residence please contact us and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Social Security Number or your Claim Number if you receive family benefits
  • Your new address and telephone number.

Please contact us as soon as possible and provide:

  • The deceased beneficiary’s name and Social Security or Claim Number
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Also include your name, relationship to the deceased person and your contact information.

Please also provide the death certificate, if available.

It is important to notify us of the beneficiary’s death immediately to avoid possible overpayments. Please keep in mind that the last payment due the deceased beneficiary is for the month preceding the month of death. Please do not cash any paper checks after the beneficiary’s death and, if the payments were made to the bank account directly, please make sure the bank is informed of the account holder’s death.

Electronic Fund Transfer of Social Security benefits is possible to bank accounts in the following countries in our service area. Please select appropriate link below for more information.

If you wish to terminate your Medicare Part B coverage, please send us completed form CMS-1763 (PDF 7 KB). Please remember that your coverage will continue throughout the month following the month in which you file your termination request.

If you have not received an expected payment and did not receive an explanation of delay or suspension from SSA please report it to us after the 20th of the month in which you expected the payment to come. The message should include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Social Security Number or your Claim Number if you receive family benefits
  • The month in which you expected the payment to come (for example if you want to report non-receipt of the check for July 2017 which should have been delivered to you in August 2017, please report non-receipt on the check due in August 2017).

Your foreign pension can affect the amount of your U.S. benefits. You are therefore obliged to report such pension to the Social Security Administration. It is important to report it as soon as possible to avoid potential overpayment of SSA benefits. If you were awarded a foreign pension after you filed your claim for the U.S., benefits please notify us immediately by completing the form SSA-308 (PDF 617KB) and sending it to us along with your foreign pension award notice.

If you want to read more on how your foreign pension or pension for work not covered by SSA can affect your U.S. benefits please go here (PDF 137KB).

If you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident and a U.S. income tax is withheld from your benefits (for more information on Alien Taxation please go here) you can request a tax statement in Polish, which will be accepted by the Polish fiscal authorities and banks. Please contact us and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Social Security Number or your Claim Number if you receive family benefits
  • Request to issue a tax statement in Polish.

IMPORTANT! Since the current Alien Tax rate (30% from 85% of the benefit amount) has not changed since 1994 we only issue a Polish-language tax letter once. You may use your annual SSA-1042 or SSA-1099 benefits statements for detailed information on the actual amount withheld as tax from your benefits in the previous year.

Please note that we do not routinely issue such statements to U.S. citizens or a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Residents from whose benefits the U.S. income tax is not automatically withheld and whose benefits are liable for taxation in Poland.