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My father is a 71 years old , and he became a US citizen

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hi ,
My father is a 71 years old , and he became a US citizen three years ago, but he never worked in US ,does he get any benefit from the social security.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.
To qualify for social security benefits - the person must have 40 credits - means - he/she must work in the US at least 10 years.However as your father has never worked in US - he may not qualify for social security benefits.Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes):It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; andIt provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.Am I eligible for SSI benefits?This link will take you to the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool. By taking 5 to 10 minutes to answer a few questions, you can find out if you are eligible for SSI or other benefits..See herehttps://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/SSI.htmlMaximum Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment amounts increase with the cost-of-living increases that apply to Social Security benefits. This year there is no COLA, so there will be no increase in SSI payment amounts in 2016. The monthly maximum Federal amounts for 2016 are $733 for an eligible individual and $1,100 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse.Payment reduction - The monthly amount is reduced by subtracting monthly countable income. In the case of an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, the amount payable is further divided equally between the two spouses. Some States supplement SSI benefits.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
should the couple be over 65 to get the couple benefits, which is $1100
Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.
When we are are talking about SSI benefits - the person or both spouses must be eligible.Age or disability are some aspects of eligibility requirementsThis link will take you to the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool. By taking 5 to 10 minutes to answer a few questions, you can find out if you are eligible for SSI or other benefits.http://best.ssa.gov/.Or you may review requirements on following pagehttps://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm

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