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My daughter and I are US citizens and we reside in Moscow, RF. My former wife and the mother of my daughter died recently. She was a US citizen and was living in the USA. Due to her mother's loss, my daughter is eligible for a SS pension.

According to SS administrators, in order to get the pension, I must have a US bank account because the pension funds can only be transferred to the account of a legal guardian. I do not have any US banking accounts nor am I a current US resident.

Is there a way to settle the issue of receiving the funds and avoid my having to go to the USA to physically apply and open a bank account?

  • Hi, Maksim. Could you clear up one point, please? You say you're a US citizen, but that you don't have US residency. Do you perhaps mean that you don't have a US residential address? – Rupert Morrish Oct 14 '18 at 19:35
  • To Rupert Morrish: Yes, this is exactly what I meant by saying that I don't have a residency. I do not have a residential address in the USA. – Maksim Suslov Oct 14 '18 at 20:16
  • It may be worth a visit to some banks that have a presence in both countries (HSBC seem to, not sure if there are others) and seeing if they can help. – Peter Green Oct 15 '18 at 3:00
  • See the Social Security Administration's booklet Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States. – Ben Miller Nov 16 '18 at 18:09
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According to the Social Security Administration's FAQ, there is no general requirement to have your funds deposited in a US-based bank; you just need to live in a country where the SSA can send benefits. A quick glance suggests Russia is one of those countries, so I would contact the SSA to figure out the details of setting up such internationals deposits.

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