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Federal Benefits Unit

The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) is located in the U.S. Consulate General in Rome and in the U.S. Consulate General in Naples.

Residents in Northern Italy (Valle d'Aosta, Piemonte, Lombardia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna), Central Italy (Tuscany, Marche, Abruzzi, Molise, Umbria, Lazio, and Sardinia), and the Republic of S. Marino should refer to FBU Rome, while residents in Southern Italy (Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, and Sicilia) should refer to FBU Naples.

FBU Rome FBU Naples
Mailing Address:
U.S. Embassy, Consular Section/FBU
via Vittorio Veneto 121
00187 Roma (Italy)
Mailing Address:
U.S. Consulate General/FBU
piazza della Repubblica
80122 Napoli (Italy)
Phone: (+39) 06.4674.5929 Phone: (+39) 081.583.8235
Fax: (+39) 06.4674.2542 Fax: (+39) 081.761.1804



Hours of Operation:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

The Federal Benefits Unit administers federal benefits programs from the following federal agencies:

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Social Security Administration

The Federal Benefits Unit processes Social Security Administration claims for retirement, disability and survivor benefits, Social Security number applications, all post-entitlement activities affecting beneficiaries under the various programs, i.e., changes of address, issues involving direct deposit of SSA checks, nonreceipt of check allegations and death terminations.

Now You can Conduct Business via The Internet. See what you can do online on when you have an APO/FPO or foreign mailing address:

Apply for benefits:

See if you qualify for benefits:

Estimate for future benefits:

If you get benefits:

Also visit the Retirement Estimator webpage to find information on benefits you can expect to receive based upon contributions to Social Security.

If you would like information on how to apply for social security retirement benefits, or for instructions on how to replace, correct, or change your name on your Social Security Card, see the "How To Apply" webpage on the Social Security Administration (SSA) website. This website also tells you what kind of identification you need to send along with your application form, and has a downloadable "Application for Social Security Number" (SS-5) form.

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Department of Veteran Affairs

The Federal Benefits Unit handles Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) survivor claims, educational benefits, compensation and pension examinations, etc.
The Department of Veteran Affairs website offers the Federal Benefits Manual for Veterans and Dependants (2006), details of benefits available, and downloadable benefits forms.

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Office of Personnel Management

The Office of Personnel Management website offers information for federal employee benefits such as retirement programs, thrift plans, and health insurance.

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Department of Labor

The Department of Labor website offers information on benefits programs such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers' compensation programs, (Black Lung, FECA, Longshore).

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Railroad Retirement Board

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families. The RRB also administers certain Social Security benefit payments and railroad workers' Medicare coverage.