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claiming benefits from overseas

I am a resident alien, divorced and considering moving back to the UK. I was married 24yrs, am I able to claim benefits if I am out of the country for more than one year?

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The US and UK have an international Social Security agreement. These agreements, often called "Totalization agreements," have two main purposes. First, they eliminate dual Social Security taxation, the situation that occurs when a worker from one country works in another country and is required to pay Social Security taxes to both countries on the same earnings. Second, the agreements help fill gaps in benefit protection for workers who have divided their careers between the United States and another country.

The following links may be useful :

http://www.ssa.gov/international/agreements_overview.html

http://www.ssa.gov/international/Agreement_Pamphlets/uk.html

http://www.ssa.gov/international/Agreement_Texts/uk.html


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