TN 8 (02-97)
RS 02650.262 Resumption of Payments to Beneficiaries in Russia
SSA is reviewing its records to identify those cases in which no payments were made, or benefits were suspended, because the beneficiary was in Russia. The files are being reviewed to identify those in which:
the beneficiary is still in Russia;
the file contains a complete address; and
his/her entitlement has not been terminated.
Before payments can be resumed to a beneficiary in Russia, the beneficiary must establish:
his/her identity in a personal interview with a representative of one of the U.S. Foreign Service posts (FSP) in Russia;
no termination or deduction events have occurred since the beneficiary moved to Russia (or other part of the former Soviet Union); and
his/her current eligibility to receive benefits.
C. PROCESS — SSA ACTION
Notices will be sent to the beneficiaries identified in RS 02650.262A. advising them that payments can now be made to beneficiaries in Russia. The beneficiaries will be advised to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate for assistance in having their benefits resumed or for assistance in determining whether they can receive any payments.
EXCEPTION: No notice will be sent to beneficiaries who do not meet an exception to the alien nonpayment provisions unless it appears that some benefits may be due them for the first 6 months they were outside the U.S..
D. PROCESS - FSP ACTION
When an FSP in Russia is contacted by, or on behalf of, one of the beneficiaries whose benefits could be resumed, it will take action as explained in RS 02650.262B.