Archive | July, 2015

Is Citizenship Required for Social Security Disability or Retirement Benefits?

Is U.S. citizenship is required to receive disability benefits?Many believe that American citizenship is needed to receive Social Security benefits. But that’s not true. Resident aliens (or “green card” holders) may qualify to receive Social Security payments, as long as they meet some additional guidelines, such as having 10 years of work in the U.S. […]

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Minefields in the Application Process

Here is a great Motley Fool article about very common pitfalls during application for Social Security benefits. These three writers detail conditions that can impede eligibility: 1. Working too much – or too little; 2. Misunderstanding the definition of disability, and 3. Getting tangled up in the confusing “waiting period.” Read on here for good […]

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Can You Lose Disability Benefits Once Established?

Social Security is a safety net for millions of Americans, either for retirement, disability or for the survivors of a qualified deceased family member. But there are situations when those benefits can be cut off or curtailed. Owing the government money — even for student loans — is one trigger. While commercial creditors can’t garnish […]

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How Do you Qualify for Disability Benefits?

The Social Security disability program is America’s safety net. It includes the so-called “regular’ disability program (SSDI), the program that calculates benefits based on a work record within the past five years. It also includes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people with no appreciable earnings record. To qualify for either, you must have an impairment […]

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