The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) administers both the Social Security disability program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Both programs are intended to provide financial assistance to disabled, blind or aged individuals. While recipients may leave the country for an extended period – and still qualify to receive monthly Social Security disability benefits – recipients of SSI benefits become ineligible after they have been outside of the country for more than 30 consecutive days in most cases.

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    • It is possible to leave the country for up to 30 days without losing your SSI benefits. Any longer than a month, however, puts your benefits at risk.

    SSI Program

    The SSI program provides a monthly monetary benefit to eligible recipients who are either disabled, blind or aged and who meet both income and resources guidelines. Unlike the Social Security disability program, eligibility for SSI is not based on your previous work history. SSI benefits are only available to applicants with low incomes and limited resources.

    Leaving the Country

    If you are an SSI recipient and you leave the country for more than 30 consecutive days, you will lose your SSI benefits under most circumstances. For purposes of SSI determination, leaving the country means leaving the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa or the Northern Mariana Islands. To re-activate your SSI benefits after leaving the country, you must return to the U.S. and be present for 30 consecutive days before being eligible to receive benefits again.

    Exceptions to the Rule

    Although the general rules preclude you from receiving SSI benefits when living outside the United States, there are exceptions. Children of U.S. military personnel who are stationed abroad may still be able to receive benefits. In addition, if you are a student studying abroad and are otherwise qualified for SSI benefits, you may be able to continue receiving them while abroad.

    Social Security Disability While Living Abroad

    If you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you may continue to receive those benefits while living abroad in most situations. Even if your monthly benefit amount will be less under the Social Security disability program because your earnings were not substantial before your disability, you may wish to apply, because you will likely be able to continue to receive those benefits while abroad. Social Security disability payments may be sent to most foreign countries, unless the country is banned by the U.S. Treasury. The list of banned countries is subject to change. For current information, contact the nearest SSA office or U.S. consulate.

    How long can you be out of the country with SSI?
    30 consecutive days A recipient is not eligible for SSI if he/she is outside the U.S. for a full calendar month or 30 consecutive days or longer (see EXCEPTIONS in section SI 02301.225B). more
    How long has Eritrea been a country?
    Eritrea gained de jure independence in 1993 after an independence referendum. Eritrea is a unitary one-party presidential republic in which national legislative and presidential elections have never been held. Isaias Afwerki has served as president since its official independence in 1993. more
    How long does it take to fly cross country?
    Six hours! Still! The global movement of people isn't slowing down. more
    How long is maternity leave by country?
    Currently, 119 countries meet the ILO standard of 12 weeks with 62 of those countries providing for 14 weeks or more. Just 31 countries mandate a maternity leave of less than 12 weeks. The advance notice required for taking maternity leave varies from country to country, the report points out. more
    How long was Palestine a country?
    State of Palestine more
    How long has America been the strongest country?
    • Rise to World Power, 1867-1913.
    • 1898: The Birth of a Superpower.
    more
    How long has Cuba been a Communist country?
    Cuba has had a socialist political system since 1959 based on the "one state – one party" principle. Cuba is constitutionally defined as a Marxist–Leninist socialist state guided in part by the political ideas of Karl Marx, one of the fathers of historical materialism, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin. more
    How long has Israel been a country?
    On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognized the new nation on the same day. more
    How long can a Canadian citizen live in another country?
    182 days How long are you welcome to visit another country? A Canadian can stay for up to 182 days per calendar year (without paying U.S. income tax). Visitors can stay for maximum of six months in each 12 months (not a calendar year, but counting backwards 12 months from your date of entry). more
    How long does a diplomat stay in a country?
    Commonly, a diplomat will only spend a period of approximately three years in one country, but this can vary depending on the availability of vacancies. Most diplomats will serve in at least one developing country, where there are higher rates of disease, harsh climates, or social unrest. more
    Which country has the best long-term care system?
    Best Countries Rankings
    • #1. Canada.
    • #2. Japan.
    • #3. Germany.
    • #4. Switzerland.
    • #5. Australia.
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