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I am a Canadian citizen and have been a US resident since September 2000. I am 74 years old, have just retired, and have just applied for social security. I did not apply earlier as I was working full time. My question is, I plan to return to Canada to live now that I have retired. I was reading the information provided by SS and realize that I may not be entitled to any SS at all once I leave the US even though I have been employed full time and paid into SS since September 2000. Please let me know if I should immediately withdraw my application?
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Social Security Expert: LawTalk, Attorney replied 2 years ago
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Good afternoon Monica,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

No, you do not need to terminate/withdraw your application for benefits. Social security will continue to pay you your social security retirement benefit because you are a Canadian citizen and you earned the retirement benefit while legally residing in the US. Here is social security's position on payment to a foreign national residing out of country. Please refer to page 5 of the pamphlet: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf

You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.

I hope that I have been able to fully answer your question. Please be so kind as to rate my service to you. That is the only way I am credited for assisting you.

I wish you and yours the best in 2016,

Doug

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Social Security Expert: LawTalk, Attorney replied 2 years ago

Good afternoon,

Do you have any additional questions that you would like me to address for you? In case you would like a phone call to further discuss these issues you have raised, I will make that offer to you. You are certainly not obligated to accept a call offer, but many people do find it helpful for clarification purposes, as well as to allow them to ask additional questions.

If I have provided you with the information you were seeking, would you please now rate my service to you?

Thanks in advance,

Doug

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