Social Security

For general information about the Social Security Administration, visit their website at http://www.ssa.gov.

The Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit has limited ability to assist American or Nepali citizens with Social Security applications or claims. The nearest Social Security Administration office that serves Nepal is located at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. You can contact the Federal Benefits Unit in Manila directly:

Social Security Administration
U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63-2-5301-2000 (open from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., Tuesdays and Thursdays, except on Philippine and U.S. holidays)
Fax: +63-2-8708-9723
E-Mail: FBU.Manila@ssa.gov

Social Security Administration
United States Embassy
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Ermita, Manila 0930
Philippines

While we highly recommend direct deposit of Social Security payments into a U.S. bank account, the Embassy can receive and distribute Social Security and other Federal Benefit checks to eligible recipients living in Nepal. We usually receive the checks from the Department of Treasury between the 10th and 15th of each month. Recipients can call 01-423-4000 to confirm whether or not the Embassy has received the full batch of checks. We request that you pick up your check in person on Tuesday between the hours of 1:30 and 3:30 at the Embassy. If you have not received or have lost a Social Security check, please inform the American Citizen Services unit by emailing consktm@state.gov. We will work with the U.S. Department of Treasury to track down your check.

Veterans Benefits
To learn more about potential benefits to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and how to access your current benefits from Nepal, please contact the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at www.va.gov.

Applying for a Social Security Number (SSN)

Are you are in Nepal and planning to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) or seeking to replace a Social Security card?

The U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, is the Regional Social Security Administration (SSA) office for the South Asian region.  The applicant must reach out to SSA office in Manila with a complete set of documents.  These documents include:

  1. Social Security Form SS-5;
  2. Notarized copy of applicant’s passport;
  3. Notarized copy of applicant’s birth certificate /Consular Report for Birth Abroad (CRBA); and
  4.  If  the applicant is below age 16, American Citizen parent(s) passport.
The original documents can be notarized at U.S. Embassy Kathmandu.  Click here to schedule an online appointment for notary services.

Documents can be sent to SSA Office via FBU.Manila@state.gov or by physical mail.  Detailed information is available here.

(Updated May 2020)