Can Filipino immigrants register to become members of the Philippine SSS?
Someone asked this question again today, and since I often see similar questions, I decided to make a post to answer it.
I’m 40 years old, migrated from the Philippines to the US when I was younger, and now a US citizen. I plan to register with SSS when I vacation there. Is this possible? What are the requirements? Can I make my wife and child as beneficiaries even if they’re US citizens?
Yes, you can register to become a Philippine SSS member when you get here.
You’ll register as OFW, meaning ang membership type or category mo ay OFW. The SSS has grouped overseas Filipinos with OFWs.
*Meron ding nagtanong nito, kaya i-explain ko lang na yong “voluntary” na word sa statement above ay ibig sabihin na hindi compulsory ang SSS membership sa mga overseas Filipinos na permanent residents or citizens ng ibang bansa. Hindi ibig sabihin na “Voluntary” ang membership category nila. Ang membership type nila is OFW, kasi naigrupo sila sa mga OFWs.
What are the requirements for SSS registration?
- Birth certificate, issued by a Philippine local civil registrar or by the PSA (formerly NSO)
- Valid ID (puede ang US-government-issued ID) or passport
Present original and photocopy.
If you don’t have above documents, merong supporting documents listed in the SSS Personal Record Form that you will fill up.
Here’s a copy of the SSS Personal Record Form, which you will accomplish and sign.
Can I register my wife and child, who are US citizens, as my beneficiaries?
Yes. Present your marriage certificate and your child’s birth certificate. (Original and photocopy)
If above marriage certificate and birth certificate are issued in the U.S. because you got married there and your child was born there, you need to have these authenticated at the Philippine consulate that has jurisdiction over the place where you live in the USA or at any SSS Foreign Office in the US.
You can visit the website of the Philippine consulate that covers your residence and look for instructions on how to process the authentication of your documents.
For example or reference, see the Los Angeles Consulate’s instructions on document authentication.
For personal documents that you yourself have written, like affidavits, authentication is done in person.
For public documents or those issued by federal, state, county or city governments, these can be sent to the Consulate that has jurisdiction over your area through the USPS for authentication. But you need to visit your consulate’s websites to know their instructions and procedures or call your consulate.
Here’s another link to see the SSS brochure titled: Overseas Filipino Workers SSS Coverage Program