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LANE...YOUR ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN EXCELLENT... I

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HELLO LANE...YOUR ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN EXCELLENT... I HAVE CONTINUED TO DO RESEARCH INTO THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF MY MATTER AT HAND... IT LOOKS LIKE I WENT OFF INTO THE WRONG DIRECTION IN TRYING TO TRYING TO RESOLVE MY SITUATION... INSTEAD OF
TRYING TO GET 'LEGAL PRESENCE' FOR MY FUTURE WIFE (WHICH IS COMPLICATED AND TIME CONSUMING) I FOUND OUT THAT AS AN 'EXPATRIATE' I CAN BE MARRIED TO A 'NON RESIDENT ALIEN' (NRA) AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL TREATIES WITH VARIOUS COUNTRIES, SPAIN INCLUDED,
THAT SHE CAN COLLECT MY 'SPOUSAL' AND 'SURVIVER' BENEFITS AT THE AGE OF 66 (?)... THIS DISCOVERY HAS NOW RASIED MORE QUESTIONS WHICH I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME WITH, AS FOLLOWS: PLEASE REPLY BY QUESTION NUMBER (i.e. QUESTION #1, QUESTION #2,....etc) QUESTION#1:
DOES THE TERM 'EXPATRIATE' HAVE A LEGAL PROFILE? or IS IT JUST A GERNERIC TERM FOR A PERSON LIVING OUTSIDE THE U.S.? IF IT IS A 'LEGAL' TERM, WHAT QUALIFIES A PERSON AS AN 'EXPATRIATE'? IN MY CASE, I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN BARCELONA SPAIN FOR OVER 26 YEARS...I
HAVE SIGNED LEASES FOR APARTMENT RENTALS... I HAVE GONE THRU THE 'PERMISO DE TRABJO' ( WORK PERMIT) PROCESS (RENEWED SEVERAL TIMES) AND I NOW HAVE A 'PERMANENT RESIDENTS' CARD FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS...I HAVE RETAINED MY U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND PASSPORT...(THE REASON
FOR MY INTERNATIONAL PROFILE IS THAT I WAS A 'PROFESSIONAL MARINE ENGINEER' IN THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE... BORN IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK..ATTENDED 'MARITIME COLLEGE' AT FORT SCHUYLER NEW YORK... THE ANSWER SEEMS PRETTY OBVIOUS, BUT, "AM I LEGALLY CONSIDERED AN
'EXPATRIATE' FOR THE PURPOSE OF MY FUTURE WIFE TO BE GET MY 'SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS"? I DID MY RESEARCH BY GOOGLE AND WAS DIRECTED TO: 'U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY TIPS FOR EXPATS NON-RESIDENT ALIEN SPOUSES...'EXPAT...WALL STREET JOURNAL' PLEASE GO TO THAT
WEB SITE...CHECK OUT ALL THE INFO ENCLOSED..ALSO AT THE BOTTOM IT REFERS TO THE 'SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION INTERNATIONAL OFFICE' FOR ADDITIONAL INFO (CHECK THAT INFO ALSO)...I IT SEEMS LIKE MY FUTURE WIFE QUALIFIES...YOUR ANSWER PLEASE.. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
QUESTION #2...REGARDING MY FUTURE WIFE...SHE IS 53 YEARS OLD...SPANISH CITIZEN...NEVER MARRIED... IS IT OK FOR ME TO GET MARRIED TO HER IN SPAIN? WILL MY MARRIAGE IN SPAIN QUALIFY HER FOR MY U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS? (SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR)? HOW DO I REPORT
HER TO THE U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION? WHERE? (U.S.A.?, US CONSULATE,?) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ QUESTION #3...CONCERNS 'U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS'... OUR PROFILES:
MY FIANCEE IS 53 YEARS OLD (D.O.B. JUNE 23 1962)...SPANISH CITIZEN... HAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OF SOCIAL SECURITY CREDITS IN THE SPANISH SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM (NOT A FACTOR IN OUR CASE)... I WILL BE 72 ON DEC 27 2015...BEEN COLLECTING S.S. FULL BENEFITS SINCE AGE
66... WE INTEND TO GET MARRIED IN SPAIN IN THE SPRING OF 2016.. AFTER OUR MARRIAGE WILL SHE QUALIFY FOR SPOUSAL BENEFITS? HOW SOON AFTER PROOF OF MARRIAGE? HOW MUCH (%)?... HOW DO I REGISTER OUR MARRIAGE WITH THE U.S.SOC SEC ADMIN? SURVIVOR BENEFITS: WHERE
AND HOW DOES SHE REGISTER FOR MY DEATH BENEFITS?... AT WHAT AGE (HER AGE) CAN SHE RECEIVE MY DEATH BENEFITS?... HOW DOES SHE COLLECT MY DEATH BENEFITS? ASSUMING I DIE IN SPAIN, HOW AND WHERE DOES SHE CLAIM MY DEATH BENEFITS? IF I DIE IN THE U.S. (BECAUSE MAYBE
IN THE FUTURE I MAY RETURN TO THE U.S. AND YET KEEP MY RESIDENCE IN SPAIN LIKE I HAVE BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST 26 YEARS LIVING BETWEEN SPAIN AND NEW YORK...CAN SHE FILE FOR MY DEATH BENEFITS IN SPAIN?... WHAT IS THE PERCENT AMOUNT OF SOC SEC BENEFITS THAT SHE
WILL RECEIVE AS MY DEATH BENEFITS?...
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Please take a look at the report I filed ... SO sorry, just can't do this at this price

Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 1 year ago.

QUESTION#1: DOES THE TERM 'EXPATRIATE' HAVE A LEGAL PROFILE?

Response 1: No, it does not

or IS IT JUST A GERNERIC TERM FOR A PERSON LIVING OUTSIDE THE U.S.? IF IT IS A 'LEGAL' TERM, WHAT QUALIFIES A PERSON AS AN 'EXPATRIATE'? IN MY CASE, I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN BARCELONA SPAIN FOR OVER 26 YEARS...I HAVE SIGNED LEASES FOR APARTMENT RENTALS... I HAVE GONE THRU THE 'PERMISO DE TRABJO' ( WORK PERMIT) PROCESS (RENEWED SEVERAL TIMES) AND I NOW HAVE A 'PERMANENT RESIDENTS' CARD FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS...I HAVE RETAINED MY U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND PASSPORT...(THE REASON FOR MY INTERNATIONAL PROFILE IS THAT I WAS A 'PROFESSIONAL MARINE ENGINEER' IN THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE... BORN IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK..ATTENDED 'MARITIME COLLEGE' AT FORT SCHUYLER NEW YORK... THE ANSWER SEEMS PRETTY OBVIOUS, BUT, "AM I LEGALLY CONSIDERED AN 'EXPATRIATE' FOR THE PURPOSE OF MY FUTURE WIFE TO BE GET MY 'SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS"? I DID MY RESEARCH BY GOOGLE AND WAS DIRECTED TO: 'U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY TIPS FOR EXPATS NON-RESIDENT ALIEN SPOUSES...'EXPAT...WALL STREET JOURNAL' PLEASE GO TO THAT WEB SITE...CHECK OUT ALL THE INFO ENCLOSED..ALSO AT THE BOTTOM IT REFERS TO THE 'SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION INTERNATIONAL OFFICE' FOR ADDITIONAL INFO (CHECK THAT INFO ALSO)...I IT SEEMS LIKE MY FUTURE WIFE QUALIFIES...YOUR ANSWER PLEASE.. ---------------------------

Response 2: It is a generic term.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- QUESTION #2...REGARDING MY FUTURE WIFE...SHE IS 53 YEARS OLD...SPANISH CITIZEN...NEVER MARRIED... IS IT OK FOR ME TO GET MARRIED TO HER IN SPAIN?

Response 2 a: You can get married in Spain or in the United States.

WILL MY MARRIAGE IN SPAIN QUALIFY HER FOR MY U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS? (SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR)?

Response 2b: Yes.

HOW DO I REPORT HER TO THE U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION? WHERE? (U.S.A.?, US CONSULATE,?)

Response 2c. You need to report the marriage at U.S. Embassy in Spain. If the U.S. you can contact Social Secuity Administration and report the marriage. For more information, click on the PDF below:

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ QUESTION #3...CONCERNS 'U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS'... OUR PROFILES: MY FIANCEE IS 53 YEARS OLD (D.O.B. JUNE 23 1962)...SPANISH CITIZEN... HAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OF SOCIAL SECURITY CREDITS IN THE SPANISH SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM (NOT A FACTOR IN OUR CASE)... I WILL BE 72 ON DEC 27 2015...BEEN COLLECTING S.S. FULL BENEFITS SINCE AGE 66... WE INTEND TO GET MARRIED IN SPAIN IN THE SPRING OF 2016.. AFTER OUR MARRIAGE WILL SHE QUALIFY FOR SPOUSAL BENEFITS?

Response 3a: Yes.

HOW SOON AFTER PROOF OF MARRIAGE?

Response 3b: As soon as she is found to be eligble by Social Security Administration.

HOW MUCH (%)?...

Response 3c: ONLY Social Security Administration CAN answer this question.

HOW DO I REGISTER OUR MARRIAGE WITH THE U.S.SOC SEC ADMIN?

Response 3d: You need to contact U.S. Embassy in Spain or Social Security Administration if the U.S.

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

SURVIVOR BENEFITS: WHERE AND HOW DOES SHE REGISTER FOR MY DEATH BENEFITS?...

Response 3e: She needs to report the death by calling Social Security Administration here in the U.S. or the U.S. Embassy in Spain. For more information, click on this PDF:

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/survivors/

She needs to contact Social Security Administration and apply for benefits over the phone. Click on the links below for more information:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/survivors/howtoapply.html

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

AT WHAT AGE (HER AGE) CAN SHE RECEIVE MY DEATH BENEFITS?...

Response 3f.: Age 60

HOW DOES SHE COLLECT MY DEATH BENEFITS?

Response 3g: She needs to contact Social Security Administration. Kindly see my previous response. This question is redundant.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/survivors/howtoapply.html

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

ASSUMING I DIE IN SPAIN, HOW AND WHERE DOES SHE CLAIM MY DEATH BENEFITS?

Response 3h: See my previous responses.

IF I DIE IN THE U.S. (BECAUSE MAYBE IN THE FUTURE I MAY RETURN TO THE U.S. AND YET KEEP MY RESIDENCE IN SPAIN LIKE I HAVE BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST 26 YEARS LIVING BETWEEN SPAIN AND NEW YORK...CAN SHE FILE FOR MY DEATH BENEFITS IN SPAIN?...

Response 3i: She can at the U.S. Embassy. See my previous responses.

WHAT IS THE PERCENT AMOUNT OF SOC SEC BENEFITS THAT SHE WILL RECEIVE AS MY DEATH BENEFITS?...

QUESTION#1: DOES THE TERM 'EXPATRIATE' HAVE A LEGAL PROFILE?

Response 1: No, it does not

or IS IT JUST A GERNERIC TERM FOR A PERSON LIVING OUTSIDE THE U.S.? IF IT IS A 'LEGAL' TERM, WHAT QUALIFIES A PERSON AS AN 'EXPATRIATE'? IN MY CASE, I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN BARCELONA SPAIN FOR OVER 26 YEARS...I HAVE SIGNED LEASES FOR APARTMENT RENTALS... I HAVE GONE THRU THE 'PERMISO DE TRABJO' ( WORK PERMIT) PROCESS (RENEWED SEVERAL TIMES) AND I NOW HAVE A 'PERMANENT RESIDENTS' CARD FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS...I HAVE RETAINED MY U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND PASSPORT...(THE REASON FOR MY INTERNATIONAL PROFILE IS THAT I WAS A 'PROFESSIONAL MARINE ENGINEER' IN THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE... BORN IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK..ATTENDED 'MARITIME COLLEGE' AT FORT SCHUYLER NEW YORK... THE ANSWER SEEMS PRETTY OBVIOUS, BUT, "AM I LEGALLY CONSIDERED AN 'EXPATRIATE' FOR THE PURPOSE OF MY FUTURE WIFE TO BE GET MY 'SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS"? I DID MY RESEARCH BY GOOGLE AND WAS DIRECTED TO: 'U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY TIPS FOR EXPATS NON-RESIDENT ALIEN SPOUSES...'EXPAT...WALL STREET JOURNAL' PLEASE GO TO THAT WEB SITE...CHECK OUT ALL THE INFO ENCLOSED..ALSO AT THE BOTTOM IT REFERS TO THE 'SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION INTERNATIONAL OFFICE' FOR ADDITIONAL INFO (CHECK THAT INFO ALSO)...I IT SEEMS LIKE MY FUTURE WIFE QUALIFIES...YOUR ANSWER PLEASE.. ---------------------------

Response 2: It is a generic term.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- QUESTION #2...REGARDING MY FUTURE WIFE...SHE IS 53 YEARS OLD...SPANISH CITIZEN...NEVER MARRIED... IS IT OK FOR ME TO GET MARRIED TO HER IN SPAIN?

Response 2a (3): You can get married in Spain or in the United States.

WILL MY MARRIAGE IN SPAIN QUALIFY HER FOR MY U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS? (SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR)?

Response 2b (4): Yes.

HOW DO I REPORT HER TO THE U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION? WHERE? (U.S.A.?, US CONSULATE,?)

Response 2c (5). You need to report the marriage at U.S. Embassy in Spain. If in the U.S. you can contact Social Security Administration and report the marriage. For more information, click on the links below:

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign/

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ QUESTION #3...CONCERNS 'U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY SPOUSAL AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS'... OUR PROFILES: MY FIANCEE IS 53 YEARS OLD (D.O.B. JUNE 23 1962)...SPANISH CITIZEN... HAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OF SOCIAL SECURITY CREDITS IN THE SPANISH SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM (NOT A FACTOR IN OUR CASE)... I WILL BE 72 ON DEC 27 2015...BEEN COLLECTING S.S. FULL BENEFITS SINCE AGE 66... WE INTEND TO GET MARRIED IN SPAIN IN THE SPRING OF 2016.. AFTER OUR MARRIAGE WILL SHE QUALIFY FOR SPOUSAL BENEFITS?

Response 3a (6): Yes.

HOW SOON AFTER PROOF OF MARRIAGE?

Response 3b (7): As soon as she is found to be eligible by Social Security Administration.

HOW MUCH (%)?...

Response 3c (8): ONLY Social Security Administration CAN answer this question. Also, see this link:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/survivors/onyourown5.html

HOW DO I REGISTER OUR MARRIAGE WITH THE U.S.SOC SEC ADMIN?

Response 3d (9): You need to contact U.S. Embassy in Spain or Social Security Administration if in the U.S.

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

SURVIVOR BENEFITS: WHERE AND HOW DOES SHE REGISTER FOR MY DEATH BENEFITS?...

Response 3e (10): She needs to report the death by calling Social Security Administration here in the U.S. or the U.S. Embassy in Spain. For more information, click on the links below for more information:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign/

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/survivors/

She needs to contact Social Security Administration and apply for benefits over the phone. Click on the links below for more information:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign/

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/survivors/howtoapply.html

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

AT WHAT AGE (HER AGE) CAN SHE RECEIVE MY DEATH BENEFITS?...

Response 3f (11).: Age 60

HOW DOES SHE COLLECT MY DEATH BENEFITS?

Response 3g (12): She needs to contact Social Security Administration. Kindly see my previous response. This question is redundant.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign/

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/survivors/howtoapply.html

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

ASSUMING I DIE IN SPAIN, HOW AND WHERE DOES SHE CLAIM MY DEATH BENEFITS?

Response 3h (13): See my previous responses.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign/

IF I DIE IN THE U.S. (BECAUSE MAYBE IN THE FUTURE I MAY RETURN TO THE U.S. AND YET KEEP MY RESIDENCE IN SPAIN LIKE I HAVE BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST 26 YEARS LIVING BETWEEN SPAIN AND NEW YORK...CAN SHE FILE FOR MY DEATH BENEFITS IN SPAIN?...

Response 3i (14): She can at the U.S. Embassy. See my previous responses.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign/

WHAT IS THE PERCENT AMOUNT OF SOC SEC BENEFITS THAT SHE WILL RECEIVE AS MY DEATH BENEFITS?...

Response 3j (15): It depends at the age she applies. For more information, click on the link below:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/survivors/onyourown5.html

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