The Korean social security system provides a wide range of benefits including retirement,
survivors and disability benefits. To qualify for Korean benefits, a worker must meet
minimum length-of-coverage or recency-of-work requirements that vary depending on
the type of benefit.
The social security Agreement between the United States and Korea:
Eliminates dual Social Security coverage and taxation of the same work; and
May permit workers (and their dependents and survivors) to qualify for partial U.S.
or Korean benefits, even if they do not meet the normal insured status requirements;
May permit entitlement to benefits based on a combination of periods of coverage earned
in the United States and Korea.