SVB payments are prohibited to individuals residing in the following SSA-restricted
countries as explained in VB 01201.015:
(*former Republic of the Soviet Union)
Residence in one of the above countries does not preclude SVB qualification. Residence
in one of these countries is considered a stop-payment event, and although SVB payments
are not payable, entitlement will not terminate after 12 consecutive months of nonpayment.
Instead, SVB will accrue and may be payable when (if) the SVB beneficiary leaves the
EXAMPLE: Mr. Ramos filed for SVB on May 16, 2000 while residing in Florida. Mr. Ramos met
all SVB qualification requirements and was sent a notice of qualification on May 25,
2000. The notice advised Mr. Ramos that in order to become entitled to SVB he must
establish residency outside the United States within four calendar months of the notice
(i.e., no later than September 30, 2000). Mr. Ramos notifies SSA that he is going
to reside in Azerbaijan beginning July 25, 2001. He submits evidence of this residence
entitling him to SVB beginning August 2001; however, payments cannot be made while
Mr. Ramos is in Azerbaijan.