Will my wife be eligible for survivor benefits if she moves back to her country of origin?

Published: March 5, 2024

Full question: As a U.S. citizen who is eligible for Social Security, would my wife of 7 years, who is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits if she were to decide to move back to her country of origin?

Hi there,

If your wife qualifies for Social Security retirement, spousal, or survivor benefits, she can live in most foreign countries and still receive payments. Look up the country on the SSA Payments Abroad Screening Tool to be sure she can receive payments in her country of origin.

All the best,

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