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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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I live in Canada and am a Canadian citizen. I am married to

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I live in Canada and am a Canadian citizen. I am married to an American who is 74 years old and a landed immigrant here in Ontario. He receives Social Security Retirement benefits, and I was told I need to get a Social Security Card in my name in order to receive any benefits from his social security should he pass away. Since we are both senior citizens and not in good health, we are quite fearful to travel to the Detroit, MI office which is located in the heart of downtown Detroit. Is it possible for me to apply at another office, i.e., Port Huron, MI, or can I complete my application for a social security card on line and fax the original documents to the social security office.
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.
Note that you MAY be able to get benefits as his living spouse, (not just as a survivor) so don't delay in taking this further. I understand your hesitancy to go to Detroit, and that should NOT be necessary.You should be able to apply at ANY office. You can also try ssa.gov, click on "benefits" and try to apply, but given your location and situation, that may not be possible. Also, often people go to their US embassy or consulate, whichever one is handling SS in that country. This webpage gives you many of your options, so I would start here:
http://www.ssa.gov/foreign/
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Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.
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