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Am I entitled to Social Security as an US expat?


As a US expat, you are still entitled to the same US Social Security benefits as any other citizen of the United States. Social Security Totalization Agreements are in place with 26 countries that also have social insurance programs similar to US Social Security; these agreements are intended to eliminate dual taxation when it comes to social security. They also determine to which country Social Security is paid based on residency, the duration of stay in that country, and your employer while living in your host country.

For countries where there is no agreement in place, you may fall subject to dual taxation; however, it is entirely possible that you can receive benefits from more than one country in retirement years if you meet each country’s eligibility requirements.

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