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Can I Apply For Spousal Benefits At The Same Time That My Spouse Applies?

Born before Jan 2, 1954. Have not applied for my SS benefit yet.
When my spouse applies for SS benefit, can I apply at the same time as Restricted application for my benefit and claim spousal benefit on my spouses's benefit record. Or, I have to wait for my Restricted application until my spouse's benefit gets approved.


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Best, Jerry

Apr 7 2021 - 6:17pm
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