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Is work performed for private employers of Guam and American Samoa covered by Social Security?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

966. Is work performed for private employers of Guam and American Samoa covered by Social Security?

Work for private employers of Guam and American Samoa is covered by Social Security on the same basis as work of employees in the U.S. However, work in Guam by a resident of the Philippines under contract to work on a temporary basis as a nonimmigrant alien is not covered.

Work as an officer or employee of the government of American Samoa or any political subdivision or instrumentality thereof (except by a person covered under a retirement system established by law of the U.S.) has been covered since January 1, 1961. Beginning January 1, 1973, work as a temporary or intermittent employee of the government (or wholly-owned instrumentality) of Guam is covered by Social Security unless it is:

  1. Covered by a retirement system established by a law of Guam or the U.S.;

  2. Performed by an elected official;

  3. Performed by a member of the legislature; or

  4. Performed in a hospital or penal institution by a patient or inmate thereof.

Last Revised: Jun. 30, 2004


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