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djtyler
5/6/2017 05:59 EST

I am getting social security from the USA. I applied single, but I am legally married in Thailand. I got bad info on the subject saying they would not recognize my Thai wife. The question I have is would I receive more as married from social security

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caughtintheact
5/6/2017 07:42 EST

No, a foreign born spouse who does not legally reside in the USA is not entitled to SSA benefits. See https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-non-citizens.htm for more details.

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tgibob
5/8/2017 14:51 EST

Take her to the U.S., Have her apply for and get U.S. citizenship. She would then be entitled to Survivor Benefits. Unfortunately that means living in America for a few years. That;s what I did and I really did not like having to return for so long.

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Edgenaples
5/9/2017 15:35 EST

I've heard it is 5 years. Not sure if that is correct, but...

I'm curious....do you have your check deposited into a US bank and then transferred to a Thai bank or will they just deposit it into say Bangkok Bank ?

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caughtintheact
5/9/2017 16:34 EST

The requirements for becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen are at https://www.usa.gov/become-us-citizen#item-36212

The time can vary - see https://www.us-immigration.com/us-immigration-news/us-citizenship/how-long-does-the-us-citizenship-process-take/

People get their money here in different ways. As far as I know Bangkok Bank is the only Thai bank that accepts direct deposit from U.S. sources. (and that might only be for government pensions). Some other options include SWIFT transfers from a U.S. bank or using U.S. credit cards to take cash advances for deposit in a Thai bank account.
Checks drawn on U.S. banks take too long to process.

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swegolf
5/9/2017 17:15 EST

You can now apply while in TH for your wife's green card. The embassy has details. It takes a while and then you must travel to the US for 90 days.

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tgibob
5/15/2017 18:58 EST

3 years if married to a U.S. citizen, at least it was when we did it.

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