TN 8 (07-93)

GN 00905.210 Contact with Individuals in Iran

A. Background

The State Department has advised SSA that all contact with individuals in Iran must be made through the American Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran.

B. Policy

All correspondence, including responses to inquiries and development requests, must be sent to the U.S. Embassy in Bern which gives the material to Swiss Foreign Ministry for their Embassy in Tehran. Do not contact individuals in Iran directly.

C. Procedure — General

Use the following address to send material to the U.S. Embassy in Bern:

  • Consular Section

    American Embassy, Bern

    Department of State

    Washington, D.C. 20521-5110

    Attention: Federal Benefits Unit

D. Procedure — Development requests

Make sure the request is clear and complete. Do not use technical terms or abbreviations since the Swiss are not trained in U.S. Social Security matters and terms.

Attach all the necessary forms to the development request. Specify that original documents must be submitted. (The Swiss do not have the authority to certify evidence for Social Security purposes.)

Diary development requests for 120 days, with followups as explained in GN 00904.245.

E. Procedure — Beneficiary address

To ensure that all notices, including those which are computer-generated, are routed through the U.S. Embassy in Bern, give all beneficiaries in Iran the following address:

  • c/o American Embassy, Bern

    Department of State

    Washington, D.C. 20520 833

Show the “20520” ZIP code as the last item of the address. Do not input it as the ZIP code.

Input the consular code for Iran (833) as the ZIP code. Use the geographic code for Iran (55270).

Flag the left side of the folder with the beneficiary's residence or mailing address.

F. Procedure — Notices

Request incomplete notices when processing actions through EAM and MADCAP.

Send the original notice and one copy by OF-41 to the U.S. Embassy in Bern as explained in GN 00905.210C. Show the beneficiary's address and “For transmission to the addressee” on the OF-41.


To Link to this section - Use this URL:
http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200905210
GN 00905.210 - Contact with Individuals in Iran - 04/25/2014
Batch run: 04/25/2014
Rev:04/25/2014