Can I receive my Social Security Disability if I live in another country?

Hi, I was wondering if I am receiving Social Security Disability and have a chance to study in another country for 6 months would I still receive my benefits?

If you are receiving Social Security there should be no problem. If you are going to change your direct deposit, you should check with Social Security to make sure that they can direct deposit to the country you are going to.

If you are receiving SSI, not Social Security Disability that could stop your benefits. You are not allowed to be out of the country more than 30 days at a time.

Lastly, if you are out of the country and your case comes up for medical review, you may be required to come back to the US for the review. They could stop your disability if they cannot complete the review.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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