Social security helps people have some kind of income that keeps them from living a poverty type of existence. People who receive social security benefits have paid into the social security system, that is how they earn their benefits. There are cases where people are eligible for social security without having paid into the system, let’s take a look at the eligibility requirements for social security.
In most cases, those social security benefits will depend on a workers contribution to the payroll tax that funds the system. Disability and survivor benefits also require a certain amount of work credits. A person that wants to qualify to receive benefits under disability must have a prolonged or terminal condition and must not earn more than $810 a month in total income. A legal alien is eligible to receive benefits after ten years of contribution to social security.
Spouses, children and parents of workers may also qualify for social security based on the worker’s contribution through their work history. Also, people under the age of 18 who are severely disabled qualify for benefits as do those over the age of 18 who are severely disabled. Those who are parents of a worker that is deceased may also qualify for benefits if they received at least half of their support from that child.
To qualify for benefits one must have been a worker who contributed to the system, be a United States citizen, be a surviving dependent of somebody that contributed to the system, an ex-spouse or be a child that is taking care of a parent that is a senior citizen.