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Benefits included in the Agreement

Benefits included in the Agreement

General information

The Agreement applies to the following benefits:

Relating to Spain:

To the following contributory benefits in the Social Security System:

    • Benefits for temporary disability due to common illnesses and non-work-related injuries.
    • Benefits for old age.
    • Benefits for permanent disability, death and survival due to common illnesses or non-work-related injuries.
In relation to the United States:

The federal programme for Old Age, Survival and Disability Insurance is applicable.

Regarding these benefits, remember that:
  • To get the contributory benefits included in the Agreement, periods of insurance fulfilled in Spain and the United States can be added together.
  • contributory economic benefits can be collected regardless of whether the interested party is resident or currently located in Spain or the United States.
  • Each country will pay its own benefits directly to the beneficiary.
  • Those who meet the requirements of the legislations of both countries for entitlement to a contributory pension may receive it from either country.

Disability, Old Age, and Survival

Each country will examine the pension application separately, as follows:

  • If the interested party is entitled to the pension without the need to add in the periods of insurance in the other country, the corresponding pension will be granted taking into account only its own periods of insurance.
  • If the interested party is not entitled to the pension in the terms of the previous paragraph, the periods of accredited insurance from the other country will be added in. The benefit will not be for the whole amount but a proportion of the periods of insurance in the country granting it and the sum of the periods for Spain and the United States.
  • In the case of a Spanish Social Security retirement pension that considers a total of insurance periods accredited in the United States, this total shall also be used to determine the age of entitlement to the pension.
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