Americans Receiving Social Security As Residents Or Citizens Overseas


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Remember that citizenship isn’t the same as residency. You can gain legal residency in another country without becoming a citizen of that country. Additionally, if you do obtain citizenship in another country, you don’t necessarily have to give up your U.S. citizenship. You can be a dual citizen.

To answer your question specifically, no. You do not forfeit your Social Security income by becoming a resident or a citizen of another country, and you are not required to be physically present in the United States for any amount of time each year to continuing receiving it.

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