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Citizenship and Alien Status - Earnings Required for Work Quarters for Recent Years


Revised March 25, 2011



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WAC 388-424-0008Citizenship and alien status - Work Quarters

Citizenship and alien status - Work Quarters

WAC 388-424-0008
WAC 388-424-0008

Effective September 1, 2004

WAC 388-424-0008 Citizenship and alien status - Work Quarters

  1. For purposes of determining Social Security work quarters, the following are considered federal means-tested benefits: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), non-emergency Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and federal Basic Food.

  2. An immigrant can receive credit for work quarters by: 

    1. Earning enough money to qualify for work quarters;

    2. Getting credit for work quarters earned by a parent or step parent while the alien was under 18 (including quarters earned before the alien was born); and

    3. Getting credit for work quarters earned by a spouse during the marriage (including a now deceased spouse) or during a period when a couple “hold themselves out” as married.

  3. An immigrant may receive credit for work quarters earned while residing in the U.S. regardless of their (or their family member’s) immigration status at the time the money was earned.

  4. An immigrant cannot receive credit for a work quarter on or after January 1, 1997 if the person earning or being credited with the work quarter received a federal means-tested benefit during the quarter.

  5. If the person earning the quarter applied for a federal means-tested benefit during the fortieth quarter and the person earning the quarter earned enough money to qualify for benefits before applying for benefits, the quarter is credited.

  6. An immigrant can be provisionally credited with 40 work quarters for up to six months while awaiting verification of work quarters only if:

    1. SSA responded that the immigrant (and spouse and parents) has less than 40 quarters, but SSA is making an investigation to see if more quarters can be credited; or

    2. The immigrant has turned in a request to another federal agency for proof of the immigrant’s eligible alien status and the agency has accepted the request.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

APPENDIX IV

Earnings Required for Work Quarters for Recent Years

This chart shows the amount of earnings needed to qualify for each SSA work quarter of coverage for 1978 through 2011.


Calendar Year

Amount Needed for a Quarter of Coverage

Amount Needed to Qualify for Four Quarters

1978

$250

$1000

1979

$260

$1040

1980

$290

$1160

1981

$310

$1240

1982

$340

$1360

1983

$370

$1480

1984

$390

$1560

1985

$410

$1640

1986

$440

$1760

1987

$460

$1840

1988

$470

$1880

1989

$500

$2000

1990

$520

$2080

1991

$540

$2160

1992

$570

$2280

1993

$590

$2360

1994

$620

$2480

1995

$630

$2520

1996

$640

$2560

1997

$670

$2680

1998

$700

$2800

1999

$740

$2960

2000

$780

$3120

2001

$830

$3320

2002

$870

$3480

2003

$890

$3560

2004

$900

$3600

2005

$920

$3680

2006

$970

$3880

2007

$1000

$4000

2008

$1050

$4200

2009

$1090

$4360

2010

$1120

$4480

2011

$1120

$4480

 
Modification Date: March 25, 2011