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BANGKOK 20 May 2019 04:38

Direct Deposit for US Federal Payments

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Message for U.S. Federal Benefits Recipients:


The United States Department of the Treasury now offers direct deposit of federal benefit payments, including Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to banks in Thailand.  The payments are automatically converted to Thai Baht (THB) at the international exchange rate before they are deposited in the account.  U.S. dollar payments are not available.  The United States Department of the Treasury does not charge fees to make the deposits.  However, Thai banks may charge fees.  


Direct deposit is the safest, most convenient and reliable method of receiving your benefits.  The payment is electronically transmitted to your bank account and you have immediate access to your funds by the payment date.  There are no delays, including missing and stolen checks.


You do not have to do anything if you are currently enrolled in direct deposit.  Your payments will continue to be sent to your current bank.


If you wish to sign up for direct deposit or switch your direct deposit arrangement to another bank in Thailand, please contact the agency listed below.


Social Security Administration

U.S. Embassy Manila

1201 Roxas Boulevard

Ermita 0930

Manila, Philippines

Email:              FBU.Manila@ssa.gov

Phone No.:      +63 2 301 2000 ext. 9 (from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Manila Time, Tuesdays and Thursdays except Philippine and U.S. Holidays)


Department of Veterans Affairs

Email:              DIRECTD.VBAMUS@VA.GOV

Phone:             +1 (918) 781-7550 (from 9:00am to 5:30pm, Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday)


Office of Personnel Management

Retirement Operations Center

PO Box 45

Boyers, PA 16017 U.S.A.

Email:              retire@opm.gov

Phone:             +1-888-767-6738 (from 7:40 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)


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Has anyone contacted any of the fed agencies above to see what they say about any Thai banks OTHER than Bangkok Bank actually being active/available for this?


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How has the response from SS Manila been?   At times Emails are ignored?  Just curious..

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will other banks require having a different savings account that you have to go to the bank to get your money like bangkok bank. for me it is a pain as there is no bangkok bank near me.

any list of banks in the program or is this still under we do not have any answers.

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