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Benefit data for countries with
Social Security agreements

International Social Security agreements (also known as "totalization" agreements) have two main purposes.
  1. They eliminate dual Social Security taxation 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.
  2. The agreements help fill gaps in benefit protection for workers who have divided their careers between the United States and another country.
As a result of these agreements or treaties, Social Security provides benefits to people in certain foreign countries who have worked for a limited time in the United States. The Social Security benefits are paid from the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds. The treaties also provide similar benefits to U. S. citizens who have worked in those countries.

Data are benefits in current payment status and/or benefits in force* at the end of calendar years. Data on the number of people awarded benefits are also available. All data are for 1999 and later. Select one of the 5 options listed at right.

* By "benefits in force," we mean benefits in current payment status plus benefits that are withheld for certain reasons.

For those tables showing benefits in force, the tables also show the annual number of awards and terminations. Terminations are calculated using the number in force at the beginning and end of a year and the number of awards in the year. Portal to U.S. government agencies Privacy Policy  | Website Policies & Other Important Information  | Site Map
Last reviewed or modified Wednesday Feb 18, 2009
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