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I am a Canadian citizen but have lived last 50 yrs

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I am a Canadian citizen but have lived for the last 50 yrs in the U.S. All during these 50 yrs I have paid my taxes and paid into the SocSec system. I have applied for my SS benefits but was told yesterday that I was not entitled to any type of benefit from the SS system.
What are my options?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 8 months ago.
First of all - you might be eligible for Canadian retirement benefits.There is so-called Totalization Agreement between the US and Canada - see herehttps://www.ssa.gov/international/Agreement_Pamphlets/canada.htmlthat allow to count some credits earned in another country..
Expert:  lev-tax replied 8 months ago.
Second - there are some eligibility requirementsSee following publicationhttps://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0607-crs.pdfnon citizens who are "lawfully in the United States and meet all eligibility requirements" can get benefits.Specifically - see page 5 Special Payment Rules for Noncitizens..I appreciate if you take a moment to rate the answer.Experts are ONLY credited when answers are rated positively.If you still have any doubts, need clarification - please be sure to ask.I am here to help you with all tax related issues.