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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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Experience:  19+ years legal exp. - 10+ years owning/operating her own SSD Law practice.
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Did you mean: i am a non citizen who worked in 1960-66 part

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Did you mean: i am a non citizen who worked in 1960-66 part time, earning 7 social security credits. then I worked 30 plus years in another country for myself and a non US organization. i did not pay into social security after 1966. can I now pay what I need to get 40 credits and be eligible for benefits. i am over 70 years of age. non immigrant, live 6 months in US and 6 months elsewhere. I plan to get legal non immigrant resident as soon as I qualify.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.
Hi, my name is ***** ***** I thank you for your inquiry. I have been practicing SS law full time for 10+ years and look forward to assisting you.
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i am a non citizen who worked in 1960-66 part time, earning 7 social security credits. then I worked 30 plus years in another country for myself and a non US organization. i did not pay into social security after 1966. can I now pay what I need to get 40 credits and be eligible for benefits. ------- No, unfortunately, we can't pay after the fact and we only get SS credits by working for them. However, if you can work PT, very minimal (say, grossing $5000/year for a total of 10 calendar years), paying US SS taxes, you can then be eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. Alternatively, if you marry a person who receives Social Security, and are otherwise eligible, you may be eligible for a "spousal" benefit based on that person's work record.
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