Years back, I worked in the USA and made 7 years (28 quarters) social security contributions. I wrote to them a few years back and they said that I could get a pension with a minimum of 40 quarters of contributions.
I have tried contacting them to ask if I can make voluntary contributions, in order to qualify for a minimum pensions. However, I have not had a reply from for over a year now (because .. Covid?).
Obviously, I can't do anything until I hear from them officially, but can anyone here tell me unofficially:
- can I make voluntary contributions?
- if so, how much would 12 quarters of contributions cost me?
- how much of a pension could I expect with 40 quarters of contributions?
- would it be beneficial to me to make even more contributions?