As new immigrants pour into Southern California, they include many retired seniors who have moved to the U.S. from China with their children, the World Journal reports. Many of these seniors apply for Social Security benefits in the U.S. while still receiving a pension from China. However, according to an official from the Chinese consulate, immigrants who join the American citizenship should automatically relinquish their Chinese citizenship and should not be eligible for any social benefit offered by the Chinese government. Chinese American lawyer Junqiang Zhang suggests newly immigrated seniors honestly report their domestic and foreign income because any intentional false report in the interest of seeking Social Security benefits can be subjected to criminal liability or revoked citizenship.
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