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Foreign Pensions

Will Receiving A Pension From Luxembourg Have Any Effect On My Social Security Benefit Amount?

I just turned 65 and was informed by the CNAP Luxembourg that I am eligible for a Luxembourg pension (filed last month seeking reimbursement funds). I am also eligible for the US Social Security program (plans were to file at 66.5 years of age). Does receiving a Luxembourg pension have any affect on my Social Security qualifications and/or the currently listed monthly distribution)?
Thank you


Friday, March 4, 2022 - 13:17

Will My Pension From Belgium Be Exempt From Causing Any WEP Or GPO Reduction In My Divorced Spousal Benefits From The U.S.?

If I draw a Social Security pension from Belgium and at 66 years and 4 months will draw Divorced Spouse SS from the USA - will the USA SS be exempt from both WEP and GPO and not reduced because of my foreign SS pension? Thanks Larry!

Hi. Yes. The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) doesn't apply to auxiliary (e.g. spousal, divorced spousal) or survivor benefits, so WEP won't be an issue with regard to your divorced spousal benefits from the U.S.

Friday, November 19, 2021 - 10:38

Will My Hungarian Pension Affect The Survivor Benefits I Receive From The US?

Im Hungarian and American citizen.I already have survivor benefits in USA.I worked 33 years in Hungary,so I earn social security benefits from there also in 2022.Will the Hungarian pension affect the benefits I already have in USA?

Hi. No. Foreign pensions have no effect on U.S. Social Security survivor benefits.

Best, Jerry

Sunday, June 20, 2021 - 21:10

Will It Affect My Social Security If I Collect My Deceased Husband's Pension From Italy?

Hello Larry
I like to know if I am able to collect my deceased husbands pension in Italy. And Will it effect the amount I can collect from my personal Social Security benefits ?
Thank you

Hi. My expertise is limited to U.S. Social Security benefits. I can't tell you whether or not you'd qualify for a widow's pension from Italy, but if you do receive a survivor pension from Italy it won't have any effect on your U.S. Social Security benefits.

Best, Jerry

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 10:08

Is It True That I Can't Collect Both CPP And Social Security?

I am a dual citizen - Canadian and American. I have only ever worked in Canada. I have CPP there. However, I have not paid CPP since 2013/14. I married my American husband in 2006. I am told by Social Security that I can't collect CPP AND Social Security. I was told by Social Security that they could put together some Social Security based on my last 5 years of work (in Canada). During these years I did not pay CPP. Clear as mud? I don't know if the software can answer these questions.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 11:37

Can I Get A Widow's Pension From Switzerland And Keep My Social Security Benefits?

I am an American and was married to a Swiss man for 7 years before he suddenly died in 2019 at 63. We were living in Switzerland at the time. I am 7 years older than he. I was collecting SS benefits when he died. Since he died , I have moved back to America.
I want to know if I can get a widows pension from Switzerland and keep my SS benefits?
And who can I turn to for information and assistance?

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 11:27

Will My Spousal Benefits From The U.S. Be Reduced Due To My Canadian Pension?

My husband is receiving deferred Social Security retirement benefits, which he started receiving at age 67. He is also receiving retirement benefits from the Canada Pension Plan, for work while we lived in Canada. Since benefits are reduced due to the Windfall Elimination Provision. I will be applying for Spousal Social Security benefits based on my husband's work record next year at my full retirement age of 66. I will also be receiving a small pension from CPP.

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 08:34

Can I Collect Benefits From Both The U.S. And Switzerland?

I am a US citizen. I will have 30 years of earnings in the US and 5 years of substantial earnings in Switzerland. Can I collect social security payments from both countries? The Swiss age for full retirement Is 64 while in the US for me it is 67. Can I collect my Swiss benefit at 64 but wait until 67 or 70 to collect my US benefit? And do I file for my Swiss benefit through the US social security office? Many thanks in advance for your insights!


Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 14:54

If I Worked 6 Years In The U.K. And 4 Years In The U.S, Will I Qualify For A Minimum State Pension From The U.K.?

1. I am 37 years old female. Could you please be so kind and provide me with the information if I paid national insurance contributions in the UK for 6 years, will I qualify for minimum state pension from the UK if I currently work in the United States for non-British employer for 4 years?
Will the years from both countries be combined together to qualify for pension when I reach the qualifying age?
2. I have heard I need to work 10 years to qualify for SS benefits. If I worked only for 9 years what would happen with my FICA money? Thank you for your time.

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 17:50

Can I Get Retirement From Germany, Too?

Hi Lary, I am 67 years old and a US citizenship. my husband who I married for 9 years is resident here in the US also get his retirement in Germany
My husband now also get the SSA from my work ( more than 50% of my earning]...even he doesn’t work in US...
Please advise if I can get the retirement from Germany too?
And what can I receive from his retirement or pension if he passed away
look forward for your reply
thank you Larry

Hi Annelie,

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:56
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