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Currently Insured Status Defined

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

206. Currently Insured Status Defined

206.1 When do you have "currently insured status?"

"Currently insured status" may be all that is needed for you to receive some types of benefits (see §211).

A person is currently insured if he or she has at least six Social Security credits during the full 13-quarter period ending with the calendar quarter in which he or she:

  1. Died;

  2. Most recently became entitled to disability benefits; or

  3. Became entitled to retirement insurance benefits.

(See §201.2 for additional requirements if you are an alien worker and you were assigned an original Social Security number on or after January 1, 2004.)

206.2 How is the 13-quarter period determined?

Calendar quarters, all or part of which are in an established prior period of disability, are generally not counted. However, the first or last quarter of the prior period of disability may be counted if the quarter is used as a credit. (For exception, see §209.)

Last Revised: Aug. 9, 2005

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Since two years, I am in USA, with proper VISA. I am originally from India. Still now, I have not paid any amount for the social security. But, I want to pay it for the past 2 years and here after. How is that possible?

You don't provide details as to your visa status, but I suspect you're a student.

If a student has an F-1, J-1, or M-1 Visa and is working on campus or by special arrangement with the school, his/her earnings are generally not covered or taxable for Social Security purposes. Other work generally is covered and taxable. You may want to access the Internal Revenue Services' (IRS) publications 515 and 519 for details about employment taxes payable on the earnings of aliens.

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