SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home505. When are your disabled worker's benefits NOT paid?

You do not receive disabled worker's benefits for months during which you meet any of the following conditions:

  1. You are deported or removed from the U.S. under certain provisions of law (see §1841). For information on payments while you are outside the U.S., see http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html;

  2. You are an alien who is outside the U.S. for more than six full calendar months in a row and you do not meet an exception to the alien nonpayment provisions (see §1843-1846). For information on payments while you are outside the U.S., see “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States” at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html and the Payments Abroad Screening Tool at www.ssa.gov/international/payments_outsideUS.html;

  3. You are in a U.S. Treasury restricted country where we cannot send U.S. Government payments (see §1847-1849). For information on payments while you are outside the U.S., see “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States” at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html;

  4. You are in an SSA restricted country and do not meet an exception (see §1847-1849). For information on payments while you are outside the U.S., see “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States” at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html;

  5. You are entitled to disabled worker's benefits only because you turned 55 and are blind (see §507.4), and you are engaging in substantial gainful activity;

  6. You are imprisoned in the United States for conviction of a felony committed at any time;

    Note: You may still be eligible for benefits if you are participating in a rehabilitation program that has been specifically approved for you by a court of law. It must be expected that you will be able to engage in substantial gainful activity upon your release within a reasonable time. (See §1850.)

  7. You are engaging in substantial gainful activity following your completion of a trial work period (see §506 and §519), even though you may still have a disability; or

  8. You are living in the United States and you are neither a U.S. citizen nor an alien lawfully present.

Last Revised: Apr. 12, 2010