TN 38 (09-09)
GN 02402.110 Domestic FIs and Beneficiaries Outside the U.S.
A. Policy for direct deposit to a U.S. FI for Title II or Title XVI beneficiaries living abroad
Title II beneficiaries residing outside the U.S. can request direct deposit to an FI within the U.S.
SSI recipients who leave the U.S. (as explained in this section) are ineligible for payment, and SSA cannot honor their requests, except for the following:
blind or disabled children of members of the U.S. armed forces overseas, see SI 00501.411, or
students temporarily abroad for an approved course of study, as described in SI 00501.415.
B. Procedures for direct deposit at a U.S. bank for beneficiaries living abroad
1. What should I do when a Title II beneficiary living outside the U.S. requests direct deposit to a U.S. FI?
When a Title II beneficiary residing outside the country requests direct deposit to a financial institution (FI) in the U.S., follow the same procedures as for beneficiaries residing within the U.S.
2. What if a Title XVI recipient requesting direct deposit leaves the U.S.?
If an SSI recipient requesting direct deposit to an FI in the U.S. indicates that he or she will be leaving or resides outside the area of the 50 States, District of Columbia, or Northern Mariana Islands, follow these procedures.
Is the recipient the blind or disabled child of a member of the U.S. armed forces overseas, see SI 00501.415?
If yes, go to b.
If no, go to c.
If the blind or disabled child of a member of the U.S. armed forces overseas will remain eligible, process the request for direct deposit to an FI in the U.S. before changing jurisdiction to the FO in Cumberland, MD.
Is the recipient a student following an approved course of study abroad and meeting all eligibility factors in SI 00501.411?
If yes, process the request for direct deposit to an FI in the U.S.
If the SSI recipient is neither a blind or disabled child of a member of the armed forces overseas nor a student meeting all eligibility factors in SI 00501.411, he or she is not eligible for SSI while residing outside the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Mariana Islands. Take no action on the direct deposit request until the recipient is again eligible after returning to the area.