Section 202(t)(1) of the Social Security Act provides that certain alien beneficiaries
will have their benefits suspended once they have been outside the United States for
more than 6 months.
As explained in GN 01701.150A.1., alien beneficiaries who would otherwise be subject to suspension under section
202(t)(1) are exempt from suspension if they reside in Italy.
This exemption applies to people who receive regular RSDI benefits as well as those
who receive totalization benefits.
NOTE: Italian citizens are already exempt from the alien nonpayment provisions, regardless
of where they reside (see RS 02610.015C).