Will we get social security benefits on H1B?

LogMeIn npae08
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I and lot of my friends are confused here.i googled it and getting mixed responses. Do h1bs get social security benefits If they go back to there home country after completing 40 quarters in US ?


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  • Amazon ghensbhdj
    You need not be a citizen but should have been working in the US for 10 yrs (40 credits)
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    • Amazon fmjfn
      There's a lot more to being a citizen than getting a social security pension. You get the pension because you paid for the pension.

      Being able to live in the US in retirement is the big difference, you will be collecting SS from India.
    • Amazon fmjfn
      Note that the AMOUNT of social security you get depends on how many quarters you work. You need 40 quarters to get anything, but (for citizens and foreigners) you need to work 35 years to get the maximum pension.

      Basically you get back what you paid in.
    • Cisco / Eng

      Cisco Eng

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      Ok, very informative. Will verify this from SS office. I find it very positive
    • Amazon XNkg45
      Proof of this? My quick googling says this is not true
    • Amazon ghensbhdj
      No it is true just go to ssa.gov website
  • Microsoft appaiah
    Citizens aren’t even going to get social security because the politicians have already spent the money. The social security fund is bankrupt. What makes you think you’re going to get benefits?

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    • LogMeIn npae08
      Well now that is a diff thing. Let's not go there...government has choices(like increasing the ss cap for example) and they will definitely find a way to keep the services.

      Question is if they have money , will we get it or not.....
  • What are social security benefits?
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  • Citadel Securities wagecuck3
    You can get payments as an alien, if you accumulated 10 years of work in the US and you don't live in a sanctioned country. The problem though is that you need to visit the US once in a while in order to remain eligible. While, legally, there is nothing to stop you from visiting the US specifically for that purpose---it's awfully expensive and inconvenient, if you're an old person living in India (for example).
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    • Citadel Securities wagecuck3
      Well, it seems like that screener contradicts what the PDF says, then. I have no idea which one is correct.
    • Amazon fmjfn
      It doesn't contradict. You overlooked that living in an approved country is one of the conditions.
    • Citadel Securities wagecuck3
      Look, it clearly says you must meet one of the conditions IN THIS SECTION, and in addition you must ALSO be living in a country where they can send payments. Living in India would satisfy the second requirement but you also need to satisfy some requirement in *this section* (numbered 1 through 6), such as having Canadian citizenship (item 3).
    • Amazon m855
      Did you read #5 of your own document? It clearly lists India and says Indians get benefits. The only difference for section 5 countries is after you die your spouse only gets survivor benefits if they lived in the USA with you (an Indian spouse who never lived with you in US can't get the survivor benefits).

      5. If you are a citizen of one of the
      countries listed in the chart below,
      we will continue to pay your benefits
      outside the United States if:
      a) You are receiving benefits based
      on your own earnings, and you
      earned at least 40 credits under
      the U.S. Social Security system or
      lived at least 10 years in the United
      States; or
      b) You are receiving benefits as a
      dependent or survivor of a worker
      who earned at least 40 credits
      under the U.S. Social Security
      system or lived in the United States
      for at least 10 years. You must
      also meet the conditions under
      the heading “Additional residency
      requirements for dependents and
      survivors” in this publication.

      [List of countries including India]

      Additional residency
      requirements for dependents
      and survivors

      If you are a citizen of a country for which
      we require dependents and survivors to
      meet additional residency requirements,
      you will have to show that you lived in
      the United States for at least five years.
      During those five years, you must have
      been in the family relationship on which
      we based your benefits.
      However, the U.S. residency
      requirement does not apply if you meet
      any of the following conditions:

      [List of conditions most Indians don't meet like military service or also a citizen of certain countries]
    • Citadel Securities wagecuck3
      You're right. I misread the chart because I thought it skipped from "Chad" to "Kenya". My bad.
  • Amazon Rubyguy
    Indians can't get this payment unless you are a US citizen , there was some agreement USA and India has to sign for this , but that's reached nowhere ..
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  • Oracle moRr3t
    One data point. Once you get your citizenship, you have to go to ssa office and update. This is something to do with benefits. Not sure what kind.

    Source. Recent citizen.
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  • Societe Generale / Other NYC Random
    I'm curious to hear what someone with more knowledge on this point than myself says...

    However, to my knowledge if you have 10 years of income reported and are a citizen you get social security benefits. If you don't become a citizen, I don't think you're entitled. However, if you become a citizen, go home, and continue to file taxes to the US you're entitled to social security benefits.
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