To become entitled to SVB payments, the individual must, except as noted in VB 00102.010D, establish a residence outside the United States within 4 calendar months of the
date of the notice of qualification. For example, if the qualification determination
is dated May 15, the individual has to become a foreign resident before October 1
of that year.
Generally, an individual, whose claim is denied because he or she did not become a
foreign resident within the 4-month period, has to file a new application to become
entitled to SVB.
If the individual is outside the United States at the time he or she files the application
for SVB, residence outside the United States will usually be determined at the same
time it is determined whether all the requirements for qualification are met. However,
if for some reason the individual has not established foreign residence (e.g., he
is visiting his son in Guam before going to live in the Philippines), the 4-month
period noted above applies.
See VB 00205.150 through VB 00205.170 for a detailed discussion of residence outside the United States.