Flag

An official website of the United States government

Benefits or Medicare Applications by U.S. Citizens
16 MINUTE READ
January 20, 2023

Retirement Applications for U.S. Citizens filing for benefits at age 66 or older

If you are a U.S. Citizen and want to file for retirement benefits and you want benefits to begin at age 66 or older then you can file online.

You may do so up to 4 months in advance at SocialSecurity.gov  .

The online application should take 30 minutes or less.

Retirement Applications for U.S. Citizens between age 62 and age 66

If you are a U.S. Citizen, not working and want to file for retirement benefits to begin between age 62 and age 66 you can file online.

You may do so up to 4 months in advance at SocialSecurity.gov 

The online application should take 30 minutes or less.

U.S. Citizens Aged 62-66 who are working more than 45 Hours Per Month

If you are a U.S. Citizen between the age of 62 and age 66 and are working more than 45 hours per month you need to be aware of the following rules:

A person working more than 45 hours per month is not eligible to receive a monthly benefit until they reach the age of 66.

If you have questions about this rule, please complete our contact form FBU Inquiry Form and we will provide you with additional information.

Retirement for U.S. Citizens between age 62 and age 66 who do NOT work more than 45 hours per month

If you are a U.S. Citizen between the age of 62 and age 66 and are NOT working more than 45 hours per month you can file online.

You may do so up to 4 months in advance at SocialSecurity.gov  .

The online application should take 30 minutes or less.

U.S. Citizens Aged 62-66 Who Are Self-Employed

If you are a U.S. Citizen between the age of 62 and age 66 and are NOT working more than 45 hours per month you can file online.

You may do so up to 4 months in advance at SocialSecurity.gov  .

The online application should take 30 minutes or less.

Survivor or Disability Applications for U.S. Citizens

If you are a U.S. Citizen and want to file for disability or survivor’s benefits then you should provide relevant information on our Social Security Benefits Form Social Security Benefits Form – U.S. Mission Ireland (usembassy.gov).

We will contact you within 10 business days to schedule a telephone appointment.

Filing for Medicare for a U.S. Citizen

If you are a United States citizen and want to file only for Medicare you can do this online at SocialSecurity.gov .

The online application should take 30 minutes or less.

How Do I Terminate Medicare Benefits If I Already Receive Payments?

If you wish to terminate your enrollment, send FBU a signed statement and include your name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, and statement regarding your wish to terminate Medicare Part B coverage and premiums, and the effective date.  Termination is a serious decision if you wish to re-enroll later, you may have to pay a surcharge.

Medicare Part B will be terminated effective with the month after the month we receive your signed statement.

For additional information you can visit www.medicare.gov

Or

You can contact us using our online Inquiry Form FBU Inquiry Form – U.S. Mission Ireland (usembassy.gov) however, we must have a signed and dated statement before Medicare Part B can be terminated.

How Do I Enroll in Medicare Benefits If I Already Receive Payments?

You can download the form CMS-40B APPLICATION FOR ENROLLMENT IN MEDICARE PART B (MEDICAL INSURANCE) (cms.gov) from Medicare’s website and mail it to us.

For information on enrollment periods and premiums you can visit www.medicare.gov

Information can also be found on Medicare Benefits | SSA

Or

You can contact us by using our online inquiry form FBU Inquiry Form – U.S. Mission Ireland (usembassy.gov)

Applications for Non-U.S. Citizens

If you are not a U.S. citizen and want to file for Medicare, Retirement, Survivors or Disability benefits you should provide relevant information on our Social Security Benefits Form Social Security Benefits Form – U.S. Mission Ireland (usembassy.gov).

We will contact you within 10 business days to schedule a telephone appointment.