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Can my non-citizen spouse collect survivor benefits if I die?

Q. My wife is 10 years younger than me. She is here legally and working, but she was born in Germany and is not a U.S. citizen. Can she collect Social Security survivor benefits if I die before her retirement age?— HusbandA. Non-citizen spouses need to meet the criteria that the Social Security Administration has outlined in order to qualify for any Social Security benefits.If your wife is lawfully in the United States and meets all the eligibility requirements, then she would be entitled to benefits, said Jody D’Agostini, a certified financial planner with AXA Advisors/The Falcon Financial Gr...


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