Message for U.S. Citizens
U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
February 28, 2019
The U.S. Consulate is pleased to announce that representatives from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Lisbon will be visiting Rio de Janeiro on March 18, 2019. FBU representatives will meet with interested parties to discuss the implications of the new Social Security Totalization Agreement between the United States and Brazil, which may allow workers who accrued social security credits in both countries to combine their credits when applying for benefits. In some cases, family members may also be eligible for benefits. Further, FBU can answer questions about social security eligibility and processes, and collect information from individuals who intend to file for benefits.
FBU will host a general information session about these topics on the afternoon of March 18, 2019. Additionally, that same afternoon, they are available to conduct individual consultation sessions for those who schedule appointments in advance.
To register for the information session or to schedule an individual appointment with FBU, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “FBU Visit” in the subject line. Please RSVP by March 12, 2019 and include in your email your full name and whether you wish to attend the general information session, schedule an individual consultation, or both. Those who email in advance will receive exact time and location of the event via reply email.
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Brazil Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).