Social Security

Social Security and other Federal Benefits for Americans residing in Romania are processed by the Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Consulate General in Naples.

The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at the U.S. Consulate General in Naples provides services for the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Personnel Management, Railroad Retirement Board, Medicare, and Department of Labor.

You may contact FBU Naples in a variety of ways but the most efficient way is by using their online form:

Contact Our FBU Office at the U.S. Consulate General in NAPLES

FBU Naples
U.S. Consulate General/FBU
piazza della Repubblica
80122 Naples (Italy)
Phone: (+39) 081.583.8111 Option 4
Fax: (+39) 081.761.1804
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
(except American and local holidays)

 

Please access the S.S.A.’s page Service Around the World for information on what you can do online when you have an APO/FPO or Foreign mailing address.

Important Announcements

Social Security announces there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2016.

The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if there is an increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has determined that there is no increase in the CPI-W. Under existing law, there can be no COLA in 2016.

Other adjustments that would normally take effect based on changes in the national average wage index also will not take effect in January 2016. Information about Medicare changes for 2016, when available, will be found at http://www.medicare.gov; You can also find details about the latest COLA at www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Direct Deposit is now available to people who receive U.S. Federal Pension (SSA, VA, OPM) in Romania.

Your payment will be direct deposited in your bank account usually within one business day of the date due!  You do not have to visit your bank to deposit your check; you do not have to worry about stolen checks, mail delays, or being away from home when the check is delivered.

Option 1: Any U.S. Bank account; if you choose this option, you must provide your name, Social Security Number, your U.S. bank Routing Transit Number, your bank account and the type of the account (Checking or Savings). For faster service, send this information using the online email form. If you already have your pension electronically deposited in dollars in a bank in the U.S.A. you may continue this process, or you may switch to a bank account in Romania in local currency, lei (see option 2).

Option 2: International Direct Deposit in your bank account in Romania, in local currency (Lei). To enroll, you must provide your name, Social Security Number, the IBAN (bank account number) of your account in lei and the SWIFT code of your bank in Romania. For faster service, send this information using the online email form.

For more information, please also visit: Frequently Asked Questions.