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U.S. Social Security Services
Panama – August 29 – September 2, 2022
August 10, 2022

The U.S. Embassy in Panama is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Office will visit Bocas del Toro, David, and Panama City to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security benefits.

WhereEl Último Refugio restaurant, 100mt from the ferry dock, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro
WhenAugust 29th from 8:30am – 3:30pm and August 30th from 8:30am – 11:30am

WhereHotel City Plaza & Suites, Calle F Sur, Ave 2da Oeste, David, Chiriqui
WhenAugust 29th from 8:00am – 3:30pm and August 30th from 8:00am – 3:30pm

Where:  Consular Section, US Embassy Panama City, Panama
WhenAugust 31st – September 1st from 8 am to 3 pm and Sept 2nd from 8am to 11:30am

Appointments: Consultations are by appointment or walk-in basis.

You may schedule an appointment by contacting the FBU Costa Rica at +506-2519-2228 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or by sending an email to FBU.CostaRica@ssa.gov. Please include in the Subject line “APPOINTMENT SSA – PANAMA” along with your requested date/time and location

What to bring for social security services: (please bring the originals and legible copies of all documents to be submitted)

Applying for Social Security Benefits: Bring originals and one copy of the following for all applicants: Birth Certificate, passport.  If applying for auxiliary benefits or survivor’s benefits, please also bring marriage certificate and/or death certificate.

Social Security Number Card Application: Bring a copy of your valid U.S. passport, Certificate of Birth Abroad or original birth certificate if registered after age-5, and completed form SS-5FS.

Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire (FEQ): Colloquially known as “proof of life” forms, these are mailed to individuals that have a mailing address in Panama registered with Social Security every two years.  If the last two number of your Social Security are 00 through 49, you are due to fill out the form in even number years including 2022.  If the last two digits are 50 through 99 you are not due for the form until 2023. You are due to complete the form annually if you are age 90 or older, have a representative payee or did not response to the form in 2019.

To learn more about the services offered by the Regional Federal Benefits Office visit:  https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/