Ask the Consul – The U.S. Embassy’s Federal Benefits Unit

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The Consular Section of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic has a Federal Benefits Unit office that provides assistance to citizens of the United States, Dominican Republic and nationals of other countries whenever they receive U.S. federal benefits. This office also provides services to these individuals when they have concerns to clarify with the Social Security Administration.

As an example, if you receive Social Security benefits and decided to move to the Dominican Republic, it is important that you inform us of your new address. In the Federal Benefits Unit, we can help you make this modification. In addition, we can assist you in arranging for the direct deposit of your money in a Dominican bank. We can also clarify any questions you have about the health insurance program, Medicare.

The local office of the Federal Benefits Unit receives the public through appointments only. To schedule an appointment or obtain more information, visit our website

Under the “US Citizens” tab, you will find the “Social Security and Veterans Benefits” section. In the “Contact Us” section, you can find instructions on how to use our online form to send us your queries.  This form must include your full name, address, telephone and email address. To help us provide you with a faster reply, you may wish to include the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN) and date of birth with MMDDYYYY format.  Rest assured that the information you provide will be used only by the Federal Benefits Unit.

In addition, by accessing the link “Services We Offer”, you will find information on a range of federal benefits, such as requesting a proof of income or a benefits verification letter and reporting the death of a Social Security beneficiary (see our prior Ask the Consul column).