Will My Social Security Benefits Be Affected if I Move?

Will My Social Security Benefits Be Affected if I Move?

Will My Social Security Benefits Be Affected if I MoveThe process that you have to go through in order to obtain Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can be an arduous one, which is why you won’t want to do anything that could cost you your benefits or that could cause issues with receiving your benefits. You might wonder if your upcoming move affects your benefits. What should you do to make sure that they aren’t? See below for some things that you should know about relocating with Social Security benefits.

Relocating With Social Security Benefits

If moving out of state or out of the country, you should let the Social Security Administration know. Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program. This means that your benefits should not be affected no matter where you move.

As soon as you know where you are moving, report your address. This prevents  a delay in changing where your benefit checks are sent. Neglecting to inform the Social Security Administration about your change of address could cause a lengthy delay between payments. If you have a My Social Security account online, then you’ll be able to easily change your address online instead of having to call your local office.

If you’re moving out of the country, then there are several factors that determine whether you can keep collecting the same payments. First of all, you’ll have to relocate to an allowed country. The Social Security Administration cannot send payments to Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea, most of the former Soviet Union or Vietnam. Additionally, if you do not live in a country with an agreement with the U.S., your payments could stop.

Relocating With Supplemental Security Income

Like Social Security disability benefits, SSI is also a federal program. However, your moving may actually have an impact on how much you are collecting if you are currently on SSI. In addition to the payments from the federal government, you may also receive a supplementary payment from the state.

This means that if the state your former residence was in paid you a supplement but the new state you are moving to does not, it means that your total payment may be less once you move. You should also pay attention to the monthly income limit. This could potentially affect your ability to collect your SSI payments in the new state.

If you are moving out of the country, then you will eventually lose your SSI benefits. Payments will stop once you’ve been out of the country for at least 30 days. However, they can be reinstated if you move back, although you will have to be back for 30 days. There is only one exception and that is for children of military personnel who receive benefits and who are forced to move out of the country as a result of their parents’ overseas duty.

It’s also worth noting that your SSI payments can be affected if the number of people in your household changes as a result of the move.

For more questions about relocating with Social Security benefits, reach out to us at Social Security Disability Advocates USA by calling 602) 952-3200 24/7 for a free consultation.

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