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If you worked in the US and your employer did pay into Social Security for you for at least 10 years, then you are eligible to still apply for benefits and should at least be eligible for all of the years you worked where your employer paid into the US Social Security system for you. So, you need to provide evidence of your 16 years of employment where you said the consulate did register and pay into the US Social Security system for you, even if they did not pay into the Ecuador system, and you need to get US SSA to recalculate your benefits based on those additional years.