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I am a green card holder and I have been working for a US company since January 2011. I am 52 years old and I plan to stop working when I reach 40 credits at the age of 55 in July of 2021. I do not plan to request benefits until I am 63. After I stop working I will be living in another country and it is likely that I will no longer have my permanent resident card.

QUESTIONS:

Will I be eligible for retirement benefits if I am neither a US citizen nor a permanent resident?

Since I currently have less than 40 credits, I can't check the normal Social Security calculator. Is there any way to get an estimation of what my benefits will be if I do get benefits? (My earnings are maxed to the tax limits imposed by SS)

Thanks!

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    You can use the 2017 benefits worksheet (pdf) to get an estimate of the retirement benefits you would get with only 40 credits but a high salary. – user4556274 Aug 27 '18 at 18:10
  • Thanks, the calculation was useful. Any idea in terms of what happens if I would no longer be a permanent resident? – Ruben Aug 27 '18 at 19:07
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According to this Social Security Administration page, nonresident aliens from these countries can continue to receive benefits no matter how long they live outside the United States:

If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, your Social Security payments will keep coming no matter how long you stay outside the U.S., as long as you are eligible for the payments.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovak Republic
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

If you're not a citizen of one of these countries, you should consult with a immigration or tax specialist to find the best avenue to ensure that you can collect the Social Security benefits that you've earned.

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