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Social Security Agreement Between Germany And The USA Procedure

In General

As the recipient of social security payments from a German insurance carrier you can have your payments transferred into a bank account abroad. The amount of the pay-outs depends, however, on the status of the recipient's citizenship and on the country of residence and on the currency exchange rate, which may vary from month to month.

You can apply for your pension with the German Social Security Administration from any country outside of Germany. All you have to do is request the proper application forms from the Administration in German (!) and make sure that all supporting documentation is stated in the German language.

We are specialized in assisting pensioners who are living abroad and will handle all business with the German insurance carriers in a professional way.

We are offering our 'wrap-around' service, which goes beyond the basic correspondence such as the assistance with your application for pension, the checking upon the correctness of your account, the gathering of all proofs and documentation and the investigation of missing records and more.

The Social Security Agreement Between Germany And The USA

The respective Social Security Administrations of Germany and the USA have signed an agreement, which guarantees pension payouts to citizens residing in each partner-country, also called 'Sozialversicherungsabkommen'.

In general the agreement stipulates that the partner-countries view each others' citizen as their own in regard to social security matters. The agreement also states that under certain circumstances credit will be given to the insured for time periods even when no contributions have been paid during those times.

Make sure you secure these benefits as they are offered in this agreement. You can that way increase the yields of your contributions.

We are specialized in assisting anybody who is residing in the USA and who will at some time expect pension pay-outs from the German Social Security Administration


In general, if you fulfill all requirements, you are allowed to receive your pension from Germany simultaneously with any Social Security payouts from the USA, or any other country for that matter.

All you have to do is ask us to assist you with setting up your application and to guide you through the laborious and complex process until success is guaranteed.

You need to apply for your US pension with the US Social Security Administration. Upon request our American partner can assist you there as well.

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Office for Foreign Social Securities (ofss)
P.O.Box 1113, Cedar Crest, NM 87008
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Tel.: 1-505-328-7777