Some beneficiaries leave the U.S. without notifying SSA and then continue to receive
his/her checks at the United States (U.S.) address or through direct deposit into
a U.S. bank. This action hinders SSA’s ability to verify the continuing eligibility
of the alien and may result in overpayment(s) being charged to the alien.
Aliens who plan to leave the U.S. for 1 or more years must apply to the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) for reentry permits in order to preserve the right of return.
Many aliens apply for permits for an absence of less than 1 year.
The reentry permit is the DHS Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. After DHS
issues the reentry permit, DHS transmits the information to SSA, See (SI 02310.017) - DHS Match, Voluntarily Leaving the United States (18 Diary).