Dual Citizen (CAN/US): Applying for SS benefits in US


New Member
My naturalized Canadian citizen in-laws have now became naturalized US citizens. They have been getting old age security payment since they became Canadian citizens. Now they're US citizen as well. Are they eligible to collect SS payment in US? They haven't worked in both countries. Main purpose of applying for SS benefits is to get the Medicare and Medicaid. Do we have to show Canadian payment when we apply for SS benefits in USA? Will that make their application more or less problematic?


Registered Users (C)
Without the required 40 quarters of SS, they cannot get the free portion of medicare, regardless of their Cdn work history. Even if they had worked 39 quarters in US, and 20 years in Canada, this would only qualify them for SSm, not medicare. The totalization agreement does not extend to medicare.