Social Security & Veteran's Affairs FAQs
I’m 62, retired and want to apply for my Social Security retirement benefits. How can I do this?
You may contact the American Citizen Services section at the Consulate General to request the initial claims questionnaire.
Upon completion, the questionnaire and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Social Security Regional Office at the American Embassy, Manila at 0011-632-522-1514. For more information, consult the Social Security Online website.
How do I change my name on my Social Security card?
You may change your name on your Social Security card by completing application form SS-5 (from the Social Security Online website). Submit it with your original name change documents, e.g. marriage certificate or current passport showing the old and new names, to the Consulate General.
I need to change my address on my Social Security record. What form do I need?
No form is required. Just send in your written request to the American Citizen Service section at the Consulate General with your full name, correct address and your Social Security number. Alternatively, you may contact Social Security in the U.S. on 0011-1800-772-1213 and report your change of address.
How can I have my Social Security payments paid to my U.S. bank?
You may have your payments paid by direct deposit to your U.S. bank by completing form SF1199a (from the Social Security Online website). A New Zealand direct deposit form is available from the Consulate General in Auckland.
I need proof of what I receive from Social Security. What form can I use?
You may request a statement of benefits from the Regional Social Security Office at the Embassy in Manila by telephone: 0011-632-522-4716 or by email: Ssad.Varo.Manila@ssa.gov
You will need to provide your Social Security number and address.
I would like to apply for Veteran Affairs benefits. How can I do this?
Where can I get an estimate of benefits that I (and my family) may be eligible for now and in the future?
I would like to change my address for receipt of my monthly Veterans benefits. What form should I complete?
Contact the Regional Social Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Manila by telephone: 0011-632-522-4716 or by email: Ssad.Varo.Manila@ssa.gov
Upon my death, will my spouse be paid a benefit?
Your surviving spouse may be entitled to receive a payment. Further information concerning surviving spouse entitlement may be obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs website for Veteran benefits, or the Social Security Online website for Social Security benefits.
If you still have Federal Benefits questions, please contact the regional office of the Social Security Administration by email: Ssad.Varo.Manila@ssa.gov or by telephone: 0011 632 522 4716.
For Veterans Administration (VA) questions, please contact the VA by email: VAVBAPIT/RO/FORSINTMAIL@vba.va.gov or by telephone: 0011 1 412 395 6272. Alternatively, you may contact the American Citizen Services section at the Consulate General in Auckland.
For further information please see the Social Security Administration webpage.
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - for projects focused on empowering women to participate in the political decision making and electoral process in Samoa.
Embassy Apia is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through the Full Participation Fund. This funding opportunity is made possible by the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI). We are seeking proposals for projects focused on empowering women to participate in the political decision making and electoral process in Samoa. The duration of the grant period is one year, starting with the date funds are awarded. A total of up to US$48,000 is available for this program. Post Apia has already set out guidelines and objectives plus activities for the project, therefore, the successful applicant is expected to follow these guidelines and objectives when carrying out the project and closely collaborate with the Embassy during the application process. Funding is conditional upon the availability of resources.
Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) within Samoa. Applicants must have significant experience working on projects aimed at promoting equality and advancing the status of women and girls. Proposals should demonstrate creativity, substance, and relevance to national goals relating to the empowerment of women and lifting their status within the communities. Deadline, July 25th. [more information] [Women’s Political Empowerment Grant Proposal Template]
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June 10, 2015 – U.S. Peace Corps and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP) work together to address Climate Change
Peace Corps Director Ms. Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP), David Sheppard, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations that will strengthen the region’s response to climate change by placing Peace Corps Volunteers within SPREP. [read more]
June 10, 2015 – Peace Corps Worldwide Director Returns to Samoan Community Where She Served as a Volunteer 32 Years AgoPeace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet today returned, for the first time, to Leulumoega where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer 32 years ago. Hessler-Radelet began her career in international development in the early 1980s as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa where she taught secondary school English. [read more]