Are you close to retirement? Remember, if you have worked in the United States, you can claim Social Security retirement benefits from age 62 provided you meet all the requirements. You will find a wealth of information on our user-friendly website: www.socialsecurity.gov.
If are retired, you can apply for benefit online at http://www.ssa.gov/planners/about.htm. It is fast and easy.
The online hours of operation are
Weekdays 5 AM – 1 AM Eastern Time (ET)
Saturday 5 AM – 11 PM ET
Sunday 8 AM – 11:30 PM ET
If you file online, the US Social Security Administration (SSA) will review your application within a few days. If they have all the information they need to adjudicate your claim, they will do so and they will send you an award letter telling you how much you will get per month in benefits. If they need additional information and/or documentation, they will refer your claim to the Federal Benefits Unit at the US Embassy in London and they will ask us to contact you to complete the claim.
One thing you will not be able to do is set up a “My Social Security” account if you have a foreign address.
If you still need further assistance, remember, we are your local SSA office in the United Kingdom and you can always contact us via the contact form on our website – http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/acs/fbu/index.html. Our fully-trained staff are always happy to help you.