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Considering applying citizenship will this affect my current

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considering applying for duel citizenship will this affect my current social security benefitsa
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Barbara replied 2 years ago.

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you today.

Your current U.S. social security benefits will be affected by dual citizenship if you suddenly receive an additional retirement benefit from your new citizenship. This may reduce your SSA benefit (depending on Social Security agreements). For example, even if you are entitled for full maximum benefit in both countries, you will most likely not get more than the higher maximum of the two amounts, the rest is considered a "Windfall" for the U.S. government. For example, if the maximum benefits in the Philippines is $1200/month and your U.S. benefit is $1400/month, and if you are entitled to all of it under both systems ($2600), U.S. Social Security will cut your payments to $200. You will then receive the $1200/month from the Philippines and $200 from the U.S. The remaining $1200 is a windfall for the U.S.

Please let me know if you require further information or clarification.

Thank you and best regards,


Expert:  Barbara replied 2 years ago.

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