Social Security

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Due to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines, operations in the Federal Benefits Unit are currently limited. In-office service is available but limited to appointment only. To request an appointment, please email Please direct all correspondence to and avoid sending multiple emails, as this may cause further delays.

The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Manila provides services for the Social Security Administration (SSA) and other federal benefit agencies to customers in the Philippines and over 40 other countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. Please refer to SSA’s website for a list of countries and the location of their servicing Federal Benefits Unit.

The FBU is unable to answer inquiries related to visas, passports, registrations of birth, voting, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Please visit the Embassy Sections and Agencies page for assistance in contacting the appropriate section.

All services provided are free of charge and include:

  • Taking claims for entitlement to all types of Social Security benefits, including retirement, survivors, disability and lump sum death payment
  • Processing applications for new or replacement Social Security cards
  • Processing all post-entitlement issues, including foreign enforcement questionnaire, change of address, direct deposit enrollment, non-receipt of check issues
  • Resolving earnings discrepancies
  • Assisting with Medicare enrollment and non-coverage issues

For general information on Social Security, please visit