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The man lived in the USA all the time, worked in the police for 50 years, but it turned out that he had no citizenship, and therefore he was not entitled to a pension


Alina Prikhodko

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The man spent a full life in the United States: he went to school, worked in law enforcement, got married, took care of his family, paid taxes and voted in elections. According to Finance Yahoo, after retirement it turned out that he did not have citizenship and he would not receive the appropriate payments in this case.

Klass considered superannuation a benefit that he had earned through hard work. But when the man was planning to retire in Clearwater, Florida, in 2020, that opportunity was taken away from him.

He received a shocking letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) telling him that he would not be receiving his $1 monthly retirement payment because he was not actually a US citizen.

“I was just dumbfounded,” Klass said.

A lifelong story

He was born in Canada. His mother was Canadian and his father was an American who was born and raised in New York. The family moved to the United States in 1959, and since then they lived under the belief that he had dual citizenship.

His ancestry was never questioned when obtaining important documents, including his Social Security card, driver's license and voter registration card. He served as a Marine in the U.S. Army and later worked for the New Jersey State Police.

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The class thought things were going well when they received a letter from the SSA in 2019 saying they were eligible for their pension and their first monthly payment of $1 would be due on the second Wednesday of January 649,90. But he never received a penny, and instead received a letter challenging his right to pension payments.

Government Refunds

After learning of his status, Klass formally applied for U.S. citizenship, but was denied due to a lack of evidence that his father had been in the country for 10 years before his birth.

Since then, the man has sought the help of an immigration lawyer and genealogist to help him fight for citizenship - and to receive the benefits he believes he is entitled to.

“I worked my 50 years and paid into Social Security. They owe me,” he said.

Fort Myers immigration attorney Indera Demin said cases like Klass's "don't happen every day." According to her, it is not clear how he managed to live for so long without his citizenship being questioned by anyone.

“For many years, different government agencies did not always communicate with each other,” she explained. “The paperwork required to renew a driver's license or receive Social Security benefits was not as strict as it is now.”

The class is far from alone in fighting the SSA to receive or withhold Social Security benefits. In recent years, the agency has begun returning billions of dollars in overpayments by sending notices to about one million Americans each year.

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