Costa Rica Expat Forum - Expats receiving US social security check

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johnpaz1
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7/13/2013 18:16    
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I was reading information recently re: US social security that stated that if a person receiving SS is living in certain countries, including CR, more than 6 months that their SS insurance check would be discontinued. I can hardly believe that. Do they mean checks cannot be direct deposited in another countries bank? Are your checks deposited in a US bank or a CR bank?

jeffsgoode
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7/14/2013 18:33    
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Here is a good start to see for yourself.

http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/279/~/receiving-benefits-if-outside-the-united-states

and here is your ultimate pdf to tell you about your benefits. i am in the same boat and have been researching it.
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

EXPATCR
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7/15/2013 08:43    
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I have been living in Costa Rica for nearly six years, and have been receiving SS via direct deposit all that time, and VA direct deposit for four years, so I don't know where you got that apparently bogus information.

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7/15/2013 09:22    
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How you get the Va direct deposit. Is it deposited into a bank in CR? I have Banco national and Scotia Bank here. Lived her since 2006. I tried the Va website and it didn't seem possible! Also, are you getting retired military pay direct deposited. Is that possible?

EXPATCR
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7/15/2013 10:44    
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Yes, I receive direct deposit of both SS and VA into my BNCR accounts. One of the many problems with the DVA is that there are alot of un and misinformed workers there. I was told the same thing--it was not possible to receive direct deposits, but a little digging revealed that was not the case. Get VA form 24-0296--Direct Deposit Enrollment, fill it out and fax it to the direct deposit center in Muskogee OK at [918} 781-4395 and you are registered for DD

Kohl
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7/15/2013 18:11    
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I think what the OP was referring to, ís a disability that isn't deemed 'permanent' and must be periodically re-accessed.
This is also considered 'unacceptable' to immigration here.

johnpaz1
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7/16/2013 00:45    
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TY jeffsgoode-after reading the pdf, I realized that I had misinterpreted the information when reading it earlier.

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7/16/2013 22:21    
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No problem. Glad to be of service. I have been investigating for a while now. I am contemplating the move but want to have my ducks in a row if I make that move.

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7/16/2013 22:22    
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Here is a link to the form you need for direct deposit.

http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-24-0296-are.pdf

jetsetc5
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7/17/2013 10:46    
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That's a Direct Deposit form. That wont work here in CR. The US Govt would need to do a wire transfer. There are no routing numbers or personal checks here. Everything is Visa and cash. Let me know if you know something that I don't know..because I have already tried the direct deposit and it doesn't work. Find a good USA credit union that gives a intl atm fee rebate ..I use Navy Federal and they refund the $5 atm fee and all I pay is about $3 on a $500 atm withdraw.

Furthermore, I would never totally detach from the USA. At least buy a $2000 piece of land and put a mailbox on it. You never know whats going to happen in congress

EXPATCR
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7/17/2013 11:08    
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As I told you two days ago, I used the direct deposit form of the VA, filled it out, including routing number, faxed it to muskogee ok, and voila, for four years have received direct deposits into BNCR. If persist in calling me a liar, that is your lifer problem. I TOTALLY AND DELIBERATELY abandoned that plutocratic, imperialist theocracy six years ago.

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7/17/2013 18:08    
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Whats the BNCR routing number. All the bank provides is the SWIFT for wire transfer.

EXPATCR
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7/17/2013 18:25    
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BNCR ROUTING NUMBER: 021000018. the 02 denotes federal reserve bank in NYC. Your account number must contain 18 digits, including a dash between the last two,

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7/18/2013 10:29    
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That's great info! Can you get the Banco National or Scotia bank routing numbers.

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7/18/2013 10:41    
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Here is the BNCR routing number once more: 021000018. The 02 prefix denotes the federal reserve bank in NYC. Your account number must contain 18 digits including a dash between the last two digits. BTW, BNCR deducts six dollars for each DD. As for Scotia, I [[[[- canned their number two years ago because the SOBs deduct significant amounts from "inactive" accounts, so I had them restore what they had deducted and closed my account with them.

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