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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:

  1. A Social Security agreement between the U.S. and the foreign country (totalization agreement) (see §107) provides for counting the foreign periods of coverage;

  2. You have at least six credits earned under the U.S. program; and

  3. 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

http://www.ssa.gov/international/agreement_descriptions.html

Last Revised: Aug. 2, 2005


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April 12, 2012 by Guest

If someone has been a resident in the U.S for about 17 years but was born in another state what does she/he have to do to get there SSN having been here all these years ?

Non-citizen obtaining a Social Security number

April 12, 2012 by David Luhman

I'm not sure I understand the question. When you say "born in another state" I assume you mean "born in another country".

Generally, only noncitizens authorized to work in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can get a Social Security number. You can find details here :

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10096.html

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