This is in response to your letter about your eligibility for Social Security benefits.
Before your eligibility can be determined, you must file a formal application for
benefits. The forms are enclosed. If you wish to file, you should complete these forms
and return them to this office.
We must tell you, though, that as long as you live in (country) , it is unlikely that the Social Security Administration will be able to pay any
benefits to you. The Social Security Act provides that persons who are not citizens
of the United States are not eligible for payment for any month in which they live
in (country) or certain other countries. Even if this provision does not apply to you, the regulations
of the United States Treasury will not permit us to send payments to you. These regulations
prohibit the mailing of United States Government checks to (country) or to an address in another country on behalf of someone in (country) .
If you decide to file an application for benefits, no decision will be made on your
claim until there is a change in the circumstances mentioned above.