Social-Security pays off for foreigners
After 9 years I returned to my old country can I collect Social Security in USA now?
My old friend lived in Italy when she was younger and came here with a work visa. She worked in the USA for just nine years.
She had heard that you need ten years to collect Social-Security but considering that she had paid a lot into it during her nine working years here she wanted to see if she could get something out of it all at her upcoming retirement.
She usually would need to have 40 credits, and that takes minimum of 10 years of steady work. One credit = a quarter of a year's work time.
The USA has a deal with some countries as far as shared Social-Security is concerned.
It often can work out well
Italy is one of the current 24 such countries so it would be a good idea for her to look into the details of the plan.
It could pay off in partial benefits. It would depend when she was working as Italy started the plan on November 1, 1978 so that before that date her work credits in USA might not apply.
She would have to add credits from USA with credits from Italy.
It is a confusing deal for some, but for others it is easier to understand how to make it work for them.
There are several countries participating in the plan that allows for social-security payments to be made once to the country in which you work.
The SSA gives us this chart.
See them for details on each country's plan.
Social Security Agreements
|Country||Entry into Force|
|Italy||November 1, 1978|
|Germany||December 1, 1979|
|Switzerland||November 1, 1980|
|Belgium||July 1, 1984|
|Norway||July 1, 1984|
|Canada||August 1, 1984|
|United Kingdom||January 1, 1985|
|Sweden||January 1, 1987|
|Spain||April 1, 1988|
|France||July 1, 1988|
|Portugal||August 1, 1989|
|Netherlands||November 1, 1990|
|Austria||November 1, 1991|
|Finland||November 1, 1992|
|Ireland||September 1, 1993|
|Luxembourg||November 1, 1993|
|Greece||September 1, 1994|
|South Korea||April 1, 2001|
|Chile||December 1, 2001|
|Australia||October 1, 2002|
|Japan||October 1, 2005|
|Denmark||October 1, 2008|
|Czech Republic||January 1, 2009|
|Poland||March 1, 2009|
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