I am a US citizen living in Costa Rica. I have been naturalized as a citizen here.I also have a Costa Rican wife, and 2 children, one of which is a dual citizen.I just received a standard reporting form, and noticed a question that I did not seein previous years: "Has there been a change in your citizenship or your country ofresidence that you have not yet reported to SSA?"I guess my interpretation previously, was that "No" I am still a citizen of the USA.But now, I realize, that if I answer "Yes" I must give information of "Country of New citizenship" and the date, now almost 4 years ago, that I received my 'cedula' ormy citizenship in Costa Rica.My question is: In answering the question, "Yes" will I lose my Social Security Benefits, and my child's monthly benefits..........and is my USA Citzenship at risk?
State/Country relating to question: Costa Rica
I have just read the question in the social security form asking me if "there has been a change in your citizenship or your country of residence that you have not reported to SSA.
Obviously, I am worried because I became a dual citizen, Costa Rica/USA 3 yrs ago. I do not want to lose my Social Security benefits, nor my USA Citizenship
You do not lose your U.S. Citizenship. The U.S. recognizes dual nationality:
As far a social security goes, I think you will be ok. Take a look at this link:
Since Costa Rica is in country list 2, you should be ok as the primary beneficiary. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I would be happy to answer them for you without additional charge. If there is a delay in getting back to you it is either because I am answering other questions or I had to log off, but I will be back with you as soon as possible. My goal is to provide you with top-notch service - please don't forget to leave me feedback if that is available for you to do so and a bonus is always appreciated. If you would like to request me in the future, just go to http://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-guillermosenmartin/. Thank you!
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