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.
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, Social Security provides benefits to people who have
worked in both the United States and in a foreign country with such an agreement, but
whose periods of coverage in the United States would not otherwise be sufficient to qualify
for U. S. benefits. The Social Security benefits are paid from the Old-Age, Survivors, and
Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds. These agreements also provide for similar benefits
paid by a foreign country to people who have worked in both the U.S. and that country.
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.
Note that any average benefit amounts provided by the form above represent
the amounts due to beneficiaries in current payment status for the month(s)
included in the table. These amounts exclude any adjustments to benefits for
retroactive payments and certain payment withholding that may be attributable
to eligibility in prior months. Therefore, these data do not represent total
benefits paid from the trust funds. Total benefit payment data including these
effects are available