Effective July 1, 1968, if you are a citizen or national of the United States and are a resident in a U.S. Treasury restricted country (Cuba or North Korea), you can receive all of your payments that were withheld once you leave that country and go to another country where the U.S. Treasury can send payments. Generally, if you are not a citizen or national of the United States, you cannot receive any payments for months in which you are a resident of a U.S. Treasury restricted country, even though you leave that country and satisfy all other requirements.
If you are a resident in an SSA restricted country (see §1848) and do not qualify for an exception, once you leave that country and go to another country where we can send payments, you can receive all the benefits for which you were eligible except when you were a resident in one of the SSA restricted countries.
Last Revised: Sep. 10, 2007
Social Security Handbook