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Totalization-Coordination of Social Security Systems of the United States and a Foreign Country
216. Totalization-Coordination of Social Security Systems of the United States and a Foreign Country
216.1 Is your work performed in a foreign country taken into account for determining U.S. Social Security benefit eligibility?
If you worked under the social security system of a foreign country, the periods of work may be taken into account toward meeting U.S. insured status requirements for retirement, survivors, and disability insurance programs if:
A Social Security agreement between the U.S. and the foreign country (totalization agreement) (see §107) provides for counting the foreign periods of coverage;
You have at least six credits earned under the U.S. program; and
You would not be insured for benefits without taking the foreign periods into account.
216.2 What happens if you qualify for benefits based on combined coverage?
If you qualify for benefits based on combined coverage, the amount payable is based on a primary insurance amount (see Chapter 7), which is reduced to reflect the fact that foreign coverage was used to make the benefit payable.
216.3 Totalization-Coordination of Social Security Systems of the United States and A Foreign Country - Other Resources
Last Revised: Aug. 2, 2005
- Totalization Agreements
- Qualifying for Social Security Benefits
- How do international Social Security agreements affect coverage?
- Exceptions to Alien Nonpayment Provision
- Employment Outside The U.S.
- The Foreign Work Test
- The Earnings Test
- Employment for a Foreign Government, International Organization, or Instrumentality of a Foreign Government
- Is work performed by U.S. citizens working in the U.S. as employees of foreign governments covered by Social Security?
- When Your Application is Considered Filed
- Insured Status Requirements
- When are child's insurance benefit NOT payable?
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