Your French Retirement Pension in the US


Claiming French Retirement Benefits

According to the Social Security Agreement between France and the United States, which was signed on March 2,1987, any person residing in the Unites States and having previously worked in France must claim its French retirement pension at a local Social Security Office in the United States.

Under the agreement, the periods of contributions validated by the two countries are totaled up, and each state then pays its share under a pro rata system of validated quarters.

The agreement covers only: old-age pension, disability insurance and reversionary pensions (to the surviving spouse). It does not cover health-maternity insurance, industrial accidents, unemployment insurance or family allowances.

How to claim the pension?
- Apply for a French retirement pension at your local American Social Security office. The applicant fills out form SSA-2490 which is then forwarded to the Social Security Administration in Baltimore.
- A second form describing contributions paid by the worker in the United States is then sent by the SSA in Baltimore to the corresponding French body CLEISS (Centre des Liaisons Européennes et Internationales de Sécurité Sociale) then to the relevant French office: Caisse nationale d’Assurance Vieillesse (CNAV).
- The French office CNAV gets in touch with you to complete your file. A Bank statement, translated in French and English, must be sent to the CNAV in order to set up the payments.

Useful addresses

- In France

CNAVTS : Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Vieillesse des Travailleurs Salariés
Département des Français de l’étranger
110 rue de Flandre
75951 Paris Cedex 19
Tel 01 40 05 50 21
Fax 01 40 05 54 91

Le Cleiss (Centre des liaisons européennes et internationales de sécurité sociale)
11 rue de la Tour des Dames
75436 Paris Cedex 9
Tel 01 45 26 33 41

- In the USA

Social Security Administration,
OIO - totalization POB 17049,
Baltimore, MD 21235-7049
Tel 410 965-8882

For all correspondences :
Social Security Administration
Office of International Policy,
POB 17741, room 1104,
West Highrise
6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore MD 21235-7741

Numbers for general approval information:
Tel 410-965-0160

Information available via the internet at :

Toll free number for general information on Social Security 1 800 772 12 13.

Last modified on 13/12/2019

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