Social Security & Federal Benefits

>>> Telephone and Mail Services CLOSED <<<

Effective March 17th, the London Federal Benefits Unit will not be able to receive telephone calls initiated by the public.
We encourage you to submit any questions to or to use our online enquiry form to seek services. We will be monitoring these correspondence regularly and will respond as quickly as able.

Effective March 30th, the London Federal Benefits Unit has ceased all mail operations effective immediately.
We will no longer be accepting or mailing correspondences or documents from the U.S. Embassy.  If you have questions, please email us at  PLEASE NOTE, THIS CHANGE IN SERVICES DOES NOT EFFECT BENEFIT CHECKS.


Our Service Area

The London Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) provides services for the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Personnel Management, Railroad Retirement Board, Medicare, and Department of Labor.   The largest program is the Social Security Administration.

The FBU London provides assistance to over 44,000 beneficiaries throughout the UK, and the following countries in Africa: Botswana, Ghana, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria,  Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If you reside in the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg, please direct your inquiry to the Federal Benefits Unit in Dublin, Ireland.

If you reside in a country that is not listed above, please direct your inquiry to your local U.S Embassy or Consulate’s website to locate your nearest Federal Benefits Unit.

The Federal Benefits Unit is unable to answer inquiries related to visas, passports, IRS, Selective Service Registration, voting or other non-federal benefit issues.   Please see the Embassy Sections and Agencies for assistance in contacting the correct department.

Contact Us

You may contact us in a variety of ways but the most efficient way is by using our online form.
Please also take note of our privacy policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) answers the most popular questions.


Medicare Cards with New ID Number and Foreign Post Codes

The Center for Medicare Services online registration process does NOT accept foreign postal codes.
You can request a replacement Medicare Card through our office.
Please  mail with subject line “CMS Medicare Card” and provide your Name, Address and the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN).
Please allow 4-6 weeks for your card to arrive.