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Noncitizens and Social Security Benefits

By gotdenied-administration-August 11, 2015

Social Security provides benefits for resident and nonresident aliens. Social Security does not disqualify noncitizens from receiving Social Security benefits simply for a lack of citizenship, even if the noncitizen is a nonresident. Social Security pays workers through a number of methods that operate on a basis that does not require citizenship.

In order to apply for Social Security benefits, an individual’s presence in the United States must be lawful. This largely means individuals admitted for permanent residence under the Immigration and Nationality Act or individuals with qualified arrangements for family unity and for immediate relatives to live within the U.S. Additionally, n order to qualify for Social Security benefits, the individual must meet all of Social Security’s eligibility requirements.

Individuals who receive Social Security benefits may continue to receive benefits if they leave the U.S. However, after six months, Social Security typically stops paying benefits until the individual returns to the U.S. for a full calendar month. Also, Social Security may pay benefits continuously if the individual relocates (even permanently) to a particular country the U.S. has made an international agreement with.

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