Generally, the US Social Security system requires all people living abroad receiving Social Security benefits to file a form SSA–7162 annually.
And form SSA-7162 and SSA-7161 were on hold for the last 2 years due to COVID issues with overseas mailing. However, that has been resumed as of June 2022 and will be mailed to the address that social security has on file for you. If you put your address in Mexico, look out for this form.
These are known as the proof of life forms. Failure to submit form SSA-7162 to the Social Security Administration with these forms means you could lose your benefits.
So we want to show you what you must do so you don’t accidentally stop receiving your payments.
Who is required to file?
All people receiving Social Security benefits with foreign addresses registered with the SSA. It does not matter if your check is deposited in the USA or to a foreign bank account because it’s all about your mailing address on file with the SSA.
How To File Form SSA-7162 or SSA-7161
To reinstate the benefits, you must take the following actions:
- Complete the SSA-7162 form (Pdf-59Kb) if you receive payments in your name.
- Complete the SSA-7161 form (Pdf-74Kb) if you receive payments through a representative payee.
- Please make sure to include the following:
- Social Security Number;
- Signature (Note: we cannot accept digital or electronic signatures)
You will need to send the original document (no copies) physically to one of the following addresses:
US Embassy Mexico City (Cd. de México, Edo. de Méx, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Campeche, Querétaro, Veracruz, Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Michoacán, Morelos, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Yucatán, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Tabasco)
Federal Benefits Unit
U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara (Jalisco, Nayarit, Colima, Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas)
Federal Benefits Unit
44140 Guadalajara, Jal.
U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez (Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Durango)
Consulado General Americano or U.S. Consulate General
Oficina de Beneficios Federales Federal Benefist Unit
Paseo de la Victoria 3650 PO Box 17000
Fracc. Partido Senecu El Paso, TX 79917
32543 Cd Juarez Chih., Mexic
Social Security Administration
Wilkes Barre Data Operations Center
Attention: FEQ Analyst, FEQ Forms 7161-7162
1150 E. Mountain Dr.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702-7997
Remember that if you live in Mexico, you may need to send this form through DHL or FedEx with tracking. I would not recommend sending these through Mexico’s postal service since you cannot request a tracking number.
Download Forms 7162 and 7161